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Credited cast:
Jeff Davidsson ...
Joe Dickinson ...
Barrett Keith ...
Cody Keith ...
Dowd Keith ...
Graeme Keith ...
Greg Keith ...
India Keith ...
Tanner Keith ...
Tom Lemming ...
Joel Murphy ...
Daniel O'Day ...
Henry Rodriguez ...
Danny Sommers ...


Rising from the ashes of media scrutiny and surrounded by critics who are watching every step, waiting for him to fail, Cody Keith finds himself relentlessly chasing his dream to play big time college football. His family are his biggest supporters and make a sacrifice to move across the country embarking on a journey that will take them far away from their home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amidst the immense pressure created by bad press, school transfers and college recruiting, Cody Keith finds himself on a personal journey of self discovery and realizes that playing the game for himself is the most gratifying experience he could have hoped for. Written by brendan kirsch

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The original budget for The Hopeful was $150,000 to follow Cody Keith for his senior year in high school. When Cody decided to do an extra year of prep school, director Brendan Kirsch had to personally finance an extra year of shooting for $100,000 and shoot most of the football himself. The move paid off as the additional year of filming saw Cody Keith break six national passing records in Connecticut. See more »

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A must see for young athletes and their parents
2 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie exceeded all my expectations.

Every parent and aspiring athlete should watch. It is both eye opening and inspiring. In today's world it takes a gifted athlete, a committed support group and a lot of luck to make it in D-1 sports let alone the pro level. Cody clearly has the first two and only time will tell about the third. Far too many parents see a college scholarship as an inexpensive way for their kids to attend college. There are way too many examples of too much pressure put on children to play and practice as a way for parents to relive their unsuccessful childhood athletic dreams. The Keith's commitment to Cody works because of both his athletic prowess and their commitment to give him the best opportunities possible. I will be pulling hard for Cody to realize his dreams!

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