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
The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images
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26 September 2008 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Untitled Ryan Little Project
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Opening Weekend: $68,283
(3 October 2008)
(31 October 2008)
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Did You Know?
Larry Gelwix participated in the film as both a cast member (referee #4), and as the film's Rugby technical advisor, also receiving a "special thanks" credit in the end titles. His daughter, Jenny Gelwix, also participated in the film, as the Rugby wardrobe coordinator. See more
Coach Larry Gelwix
You boys might think I coach because, uh, I love rugby and I love to win - both true - but I KEEP coaching because of you guys. That's why I'm more interested in turning out champion boys than champion teams. I want you to be forever strong on the field so you'll be forever strong off it.
"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
Written by Malcolm Kirby Jr.
(as Malcolm Kirby) (ASCAP), James H. Martin (ASCAP), & Robert Lee Miller (BMI)
Performed by B.A.S.K.O
Courtesy of Pigfactory USA LLC (ASCAP) & Monkeyfactory (BMI) See more