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Forever Strong (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  26 September 2008 (USA)
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A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.



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Rick Penning, the 17-year-old star player on his coach/father's rugby team, lands inside the Wasatch County Juvenile Detention Center following his second drunk driving conviction (and where his father leaves him to rot). Mistrust and dislike of the situation makes Rick anything but a model prisoner, but counselors at the center nonetheless hook him up with the Highland Rugby Team, a team renowned for its long string of successive state championships. Its coach, Larry Gelwix, has a surprisingly unexpected philosophy: train boys to be champions in life first, then on the field. Rick doesn't buy into this, which could earn him some time in State Prison if he doesn't turn his life and attitude around by the time he turns 18. Written by statmanjeff

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The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart


Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$68,283 (USA) (3 October 2008)


$630,649 (USA) (31 October 2008)

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[In nine months, Rick has steadfastly remained obstinate, frequently incurring punishments for bad behavior and fighting and subsequently scrubbing toilets for it]
Marcus Tate: We both know that you've done all you can to avoid learning anything while you've been here. The upside is we've got the cleanest bathrooms we've ever had.
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"It's not about Rugby, it's about young men. It's not about building a championship team, it's about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong." - Larry Gelwix See more »


Mele Kalikimaka
Written by Alex Anderson & R. Alex Anderson
Performed by Mugsy
Courtesy of SBI America
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VERY positive message for our youth
28 September 2008 | by (san diego) – See all my reviews

A very positive message for our youth is shown in this movie. Through the sport of rugby as a mean, a High School rugby coach leads his players in their behavior and lifestyle, ON and OFF the field.

The acting and directing are good. The rugby shots are just OK if you know some rugby or really cool if don't know much about it.

I recommend this movie, worth watching, especially at a point in time when this sport is gaining more and more adepts every day.

The plot is based on a true story taking place in Utah. The coach portrayed in this movie has been at the helm of the Highlanders for over 30 years (and loosing only game every 3 years).


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