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
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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)
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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
I don't get it. You know exactly why I'm here and you still act like you care. I'm just a no good spy who cheap-shotted your star player last year.
Coach Larry Gelwix
First of all, I attribute that cheap shot to your coach, not you; and, second, let's focus on where you could end up, not where you were or are; and - God doesn't make a no-good ANYTHING. You just got to learn to listen and pay attention to that spirit inside you. And learning to listen - that takes a lot of discipline.
The coaching philosophies of Larry Gelwix has led the Highland Rugby team to a record of 361 wins, 9 losses. They continue to dominate in their sport today. See more
Written by Kateryna O. Shalayeva & Olexiy P. Ginchev
Performed by Stereoliza See more