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Forever Strong (2008)

PG-13 | | 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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Sean Faris ran six miles, twice a day, to get in rugby shape in the 100º plus Utah weather. See more »

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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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After the full credits roll, the team can be seen chanting on the field. See more »

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Don't Make Me Dance
Written by Jeff Hinton and Quint Randle
Performed by Joshua Creek
Courtesy of Covenant Communications, INC.
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All good! Must see!
6 December 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I just watched it last night and it was great.I can see why some ppl have ill feelings towards it from a rugby fan and maori culture point of view but other than that I have no idea what's so negative about it. The movie is great. It has a lot of heart. Very inspiring and encouraging to all ages. Great family movie! They did a pretty good job considering that it was a budget movie. I love movies based on true stories/events. I was raised around rugby all my life, it is a great game but I was never really taken to it because (please forgive me if I offend anyone, nothing personal this is just how I saw it) I thought, their trainings are not as ruthless or hard, the players are not as disciplined and don't seemed as serious like other sportmen and it looked like it's all just muscle and blooming tackling each other etc. But after watching Forever strong, I was like, wow! I was proud! It did good things for rugby (well it changed my view of rugby) and also the New Zealnd Haka. I actually cried. I am not even New Zealander and I was proud of their culture. Didn't even know what the chant meant until this movie. The movie is NOT about rugby techniques or rugby, it's not even about New Zealand All Blacks or the Haka or etc......Mother of pearls!!!!! hahaha SHUX!

So to all you beautiful negative ppl, You are missing the point! I am sure if they had the means, it would have been better, the haka is in there because that was part of Highland Rugby culture, tradition or what ever you want to call it.

So any new members on this site such as myself, please don't be put off by those negative comments. See it for yourself! Must see movie! There is a lot you can learn from this movie, ppl of all ages. It definitely makes you want to be a better person and be humble! This movie reminded me of a lot of things that I already know and was raised with but I kinda lost along the way! Loved it! Happy reading ppls and All the best!

Muawha!


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