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Forever Strong (2008)

 -  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

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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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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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

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$630,649 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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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 »

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Rick Penning: 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.
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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 »

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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).

Enjoy!


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