MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 275 this week

Forever Strong (2008)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  26 September 2008 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 7,449 users   Metascore: 37/100
Reviews: 40 user | 27 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

, (song)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 30 May 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Forever Strong" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Forever Strong (2008)

Forever Strong (2008) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Forever Strong.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris
Glory Road (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Director: James Gartner
Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Santiago Munez is a footballer in a regional club. He gets scouted and transferred to Newcastle United.

Director: Danny Cannon
Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

Director: McG
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie
Hoosiers (1986)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director: David Anspaugh
Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper
Radio (2003)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger
Coach Carter (2005)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Newcastle United soccer star Santiago Munez is offered a spot with Real Madrid, he accepts, but the move - accompanied by big money and fame - tests his ties and loyalties to family, friends and business acquaintances.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

Directors: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson
Stars: Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris
Hard Ball (2001)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Director: Brian Robbins
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Eliot Benjamin ...
...
...
...
...
Kepa Kruse ...
Tumo (as John Kepa Kruse)
Junior Salt ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Ryan Little Project  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$630,649 (USA) (31 October 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Getting this story into production as a film was twenty-one years in the making. See more »

Quotes

Coach Larry Gelwix: We're about winning, gentlemen, and not just in rugby. For that reason, you will obtain a laserlike focus on and off the field. That means discipline over every part of your life. So, if you want "easy," play lacrosse or football or... join the Marines. Welcome, gentlemen, to Highland Rugby.
See more »

Crazy Credits

"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 »

Soundtracks

The Deal
Written by Clay Duncan & Kenric Dion Frelix
Performed by Clay Duncan & Allday
Courtesy of Claybirds Music & Sun Up 2 Sun Up
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Inspirational and Definitely Worth Seeing
27 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My family truly enjoyed this movie. As far as what this movie will do for Rugby in the USA...well I am sure that will be debatable. But as for me and others around me, I know that we were more curious about the sport after seeing the movie and I personally gained more respect for the game. You may wonder how this possible, especially since the movie does not dive in and explain Rugby. But the simple fact is it drew you into the players and emotion of the game and life. The film was inspirational as well as entertaining. It made us laugh and cry. The chemistry between Sean Astin, Big Budah and Sean Faris worked well. Some may think the movie is a little cliché, but I seriously wish Hollywood made more movies like this. I couldn't help drawing analogies of the game and life's struggles. At the end of it I found myself examining my own life to see what I needed to do better, in order to be the best person I could be. Honestly I was grateful this movie taught morals, values and teamwork, there is so much to the contrary. After watching this I really hope my kids are coached by someone who has a philosophy like Coach Gelwix.


10 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who Plays Rugby? gregor19
I just saw the trailer and I'm never seeing this movie. tiffiny_mackenzie
Rugby films brandxtshirts
Get it Right!!! hrrugbymom
Haka in Salt Lake City? djourmanflint
Sean Faris is not a hooker. zaboron
Discuss Forever Strong (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page