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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 sprained his ankle during the shooting. See more »

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Coach Richard Penning: [after asking Rick to behave unethically] This is our year. We deserve that title.
Rick Penning: What do you mean "we?" My team is Highland.
Coach Richard Penning: Okay, you see, you don't get to choose. You will leave this house or not, if we say. You will drive that car or not, if we say. You will go to Colorado or not, if I say, and right now I say that you will be at practice with your Razorbacks tomorrow. Rick, sit down.
Rick Penning: Have me arrested.
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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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Written by Clay Duncan & Kenric Dion Frelix
Performed by Clay Duncan & Allday
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"This film has heart"
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like most sports movies which have come out in the past, this movie is similar in respects, that it is based on fact. What sets this movie apart is that its about a rugby team, a sport that not too many Americans are familiar with. Set that aside, this movie is very rewarding piece of film noir. It reminds me of "We Are Marshall" , but with a smaller budget and an independent movie feel. Its a fine effort by director Ryan Little to bring us a story about a rebellious teen played by Sean Farris (Never Back Down), as Rick Penning that finds himself in an odd place, both on and off the field. Despite a few plot lines holes, this film has heart, rewarding each of its viewers with good characters that we can identify with. Also good performances by supporting actors Gary Cole as coach Larry Gelwix & Neal McDonough as coach Penning(Ricks dad). I felt myself go through a lot of different emotions watching movie, in the end I was left with a feeling of faith in mankind & a hope for the future for my children, especially if there are coaches out there like Gelwix.


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