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

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$630,649 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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Getting this story into production as a film was twenty-one years in the making. See more »

Quotes

Coach Larry Gelwix: Rick, I want to ask you to be a captain.
Rick Penning: But, uh, Q's already captain.
Coach Larry Gelwix: We always have at least two.
Rick Penning: But he can't stand me - the same with half the guys out there.
Coach Larry Gelwix: This isn't about them. It's about you. It's about being the best Rick.
Rick Penning: But what about Tumo?
Coach Larry Gelwix: He and three or four other guys came to me, suggesting you. The team doesn't get this kind of stuff wrong.
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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 »

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Mele Kalikimaka
Written by Alex Anderson & R. Alex Anderson
Performed by Mugsy
Courtesy of SBI America
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It's a movie not a rugby documentary
2 September 2009 | by (East Lothian, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Now before people start having a breakdown about this movie (those who play rugby anyway) this is a film! It's been given the Hollywood treatment to entertain people and therefore those who play rugby (myself included) are naturally gonna pick holes in the choreography of the game in the film. Althogether it is a decent film and bring to the attention the morals and ideas behind the game of rugby.

The film is based on a real team, a real coach and his work helping guide kids in the right direction to be better people in the future, and also is based on real people who have played for the highland team. Its just a typical sports movie with a character who is misguided and eventually finds his way on the right track again through the rugby medium in this case. Is generally a feel good movie that is enjoyable but has flaws in terms of it's portrayal of the game. however, like i said it is a film under the Hollywood treatment.


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