The 5th Quarter (2010)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  25 March 2011 (USA)
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Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke's number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.



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Credited cast:
Steven Abbate
Lynn Garber
Haley Scott
Dr. Phillips
ACC Sports TV Reporter
Coach Jim Grobe
Kristen Nicole LaPrade ...
Susie Simons
Coach Hood
Joan Kinsey
Stan Cotten


In February, 2006, young Luke Abbate accepted a ride home from a fellow student following his high-school team practice. In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below. Luke suffered irreparable brain damage, and died in the hospital two days later - just four days before his sixteenth birthday. Written by anonymous

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From the ashes of great tragedy can come great achievement.


Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic material, some language, medical images and brief smoking | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vittoria di Luke - The 5th quarter  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$202,342 (USA) (25 March 2011)


$399,611 (USA) (8 April 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Josh Gattis: Luke was with you today, I know he was
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Written by Ken Rudulph and Vince Mellone
Performed by Mama's Gravy
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Families, Faith and Football - All Wrapped Up in One DVD
31 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's Football Season again! And Fox Faith just released their film, The 5th Quarter to Blu-ray/DVD this week.

Storyline: When a close-knit family is nearly broken by tragedy, hope is restored by their eldest son who carries the weight of victory on his shoulders in THE 5TH QUARTER.

One of our KIDS FIRST! youth film critics reviewed it this week: "I just finished watching The Fifth Quarter and I enjoyed it. It's about a boy named Luke who dies in an auto accident because of drunk driving. The story is really about how the family copes with the loss of their 15 year old son and brother.

I really like the character John Abbate, Luke's older brother, played by Ryan Merriman. The acting is superb. He couldn't have done a better job.

I would say that this movie is for kids 13 and up. There is one little tiny extremely short scene showing some surgery that is disturbing, but there is also a lot of talking and emotion and crying, of course. Any kid younger than 13 would not appreciate that. However, older kids will appreciate the amazing acting.

By Sam Connan, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Sam's review is available at

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