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Facing the Giants -- From the award winning producers of FLYWHEEL comes an action-packed drama about a Christian high school football coach who uses his undying faith to battle the giants of fear and failure
Facing the Giants -- Drama about a football coach in this home video trailer
Facing the Giants -- A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.

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29 September 2006 (USA) See more »
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Never give up. Never back down. Never lose faith. See more »
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A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 

Directed by
Alex Kendrick 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Kendrick 
Stephen Kendrick 

Produced by
Michael Catt .... executive producer
Tracy Goode .... associate producer
Terry Hemmings .... executive producer
Alex Kendrick .... producer
Stephen Kendrick .... producer
Jim McBride .... executive producer
David Nixon .... co-producer
Brad Weston .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Alex Kendrick 
Mark Willard 
 
Cinematography by
Bob Scott (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ryan Hensley 
Alex Kendrick 
 
Casting by
Lisa Arnold 
Terri Catt 
 
Costume Design by
Terri Catt 
 
Makeup Department
Curry Bushnell .... makeup department head
Marie Keefe .... assistant makeup artist
Mary Smit .... assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Nixon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Patrick Donahue .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Nick Palladino .... sound designer
Rob Whitehurst .... production sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera
Ben McLeod .... second assistant camera
Chip Monk .... additional camera operator
Keith Slade .... gaffer
Keith Slade .... lighting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hayley Catt .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Hensley .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Other crew
Lisa Arnold .... location scout
Larry Frenzel .... distribution & licensing
Holly Stiegel .... script supervisor
Mark Joseph .... marketing (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG for some thematic elements
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111 min
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At the start of the final game, both teams run through banners that were designed for it. The one for the eagles is easy to see, but the one for the giants isn't visible until after it's partly torn. This is because it read "Support The Giants" which they thought was really cheesy, so they decided not to show it until after it was torn enough that it couldn't be read.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the championship game, after the Giants' second touchdown but before the Eagles' first touchdown, there is a scene where it is obvious the shot has been reversed. As the players struggle, it can be seen that the numbers and letters on the jerseys are backward.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Grant Taylor:Oh God, Oh God, I'm, I'm overwhelmed.
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Movie Connections:
References Flywheel (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come On Back To MeSee more »

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45 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
A Don't Bother Movie, 15 October 2006
Author: HeWhoWearsPants from Texas

It's interesting how 90% of the high-vote reviews are all comprised of "*random username*" from "United States" (no state pride??) who all say more or less the exact same thing with the exact same grammatical style and all with the exact same complete lack of taste in movies. I would delve further into this suspicious trend, but alas, this is a review of the movie, and not the reviews themselves.

Let me start by saying that I am both a Christian and a true avid movie fan. This means I have seen a great many movies, from good to bad, and can wholeheartedly claim that Facing The Giants is, in fact, NOT a good movie. It has good intentions, but fails to meet many (if any) basic standards that I associate with a quality filmgoing experience.

The Acting: Mostly Terrible, Palatable At Best. Hearing that most were apparently volunteers does not at all surprise me.

The Dialogue: Clumsy, cheesy, the script comes off as a long version of some cheesy skit you'd see performed in Sunday School or youth group function. The Rave Review Robots revel in the absence of "meaningless words", but the cold hard truth is that such words are a part of the real world, and the complete absence of it is palpable. Let's just say the mean ol' head coach of a team in a State Championship game would have a lot more to say than "OH NO!" when things are not going his way.

The Plot: Mind-bogglingly predictable. It has been commented that this movie is "not a Hollywood cliché", and yet it's like it was pulled directly from Making An Underdog Sports Movie For Dummies (including the mandatory quasi-romantic subplot for the ladies) and just had a Christian-themed coat of paint slapped on it. I'm not lying or bragging when I say I had almost every major detail in both the plot and subplot pegged immediately upon their inception. Only someone who has never seen a decent sports movie in their whole life would be emotionally stirred by the story presented here.

The Directing/Editing: It, too, was patterned almost exactly after the generic Underdog Sports Movie template. Still, acting aside, there weren't many noticeable goofs, so at least Facing The Giants was technically competent.

The Message: Ask Jesus and He will grant all your wishes. Part of me hoped that this movie would end in the team's eventual defeat to really emphasize the whole "If we lose, we praise You" part, because in the Real World, you WILL fail at one point or another and it's good to be prepared for that. But in the world of Facing The Giants, if you fail, clearly someone either screwed up or is cheating. Another interesting question being, what if the Eagles came across another team that had gotten religion? Would they be caught in an endless loop of miraculous plays and last-minute saves, or would the universe simply have exploded?

The Bottom Line: For the hardcore conservative Christian Parents crowd lamenting the evils of Hollywood, Facing The Giants will be another mediocre-at-best Christian film to hold up on a pedestal as the preferred model for modern film-making. For everyone else, the effects will range from boredom to a burning desire to be watching something else. And a warning: Any attempt to show this to non-Christians will lead not to conversion, but to derision. I give this two stars, one for the one scene that did not have me rolling my eyes, and another for basic technical proficiency on a low budget.

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