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Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Sport | 3 August 2012 (UK)
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Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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A documentary that follows the Manassas Tigers football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged football team -- who were even hired out as a practice team for more successful schools -- as they reverse their fortunes, thanks to coach Bill Courtney. Written by Kevin Jagernauth

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The game is the easy part.


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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »


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Imbatidos  »

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$33,165 (USA) (17 February 2012)


$561,054 (USA) (1 June 2012)

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The film was shot with no lighting or boom microphones. The two filmmaker's were the only one's running cameras, besides a some of the games. The camera's used were Panasonic HPX 170's. See more »


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An Inspiring Film about the Struggles of an Inner City High School Football Team
14 March 2011 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

Undefeated which premiered at Austin's SXSW Film Festival this week fits into a long line of inspiring sports films. It is very much in the tradition of Steve James's Hoop Dreams in its exploration of the struggles of inner city African-American youths to overcome great odds using athletics as a means to escape poverty and deprivation. The filmmaker tells the story of Memphis's Manassas Tigers focusing in on the coach and three of his players as they attempt to produce a special season at a school that has had a long history of football futility. Coach Bill Courtney is an inspiring coach who devotes himself to this football team, even at a cost to the time he can spend with his own family. He makes the team into a family and focuses on character. He and his coaches go above-and-beyond the call of duty raising money for the team and making sure the students also focus on their academics. Despite the reality that the coaches are white and their students are black, issues of race seem to play very little role in their story.

The filmmakers tell the story in mostly chronological with no narration and only very limited input from outside observers. Perhaps the most remarkable element of the film is that the filmmakers were with the team for the entire season and were able to disappear into the background and become part of the team. In so doing, they were often able to capture real emotion and conflict that participants are often afraid to put on film. The honesty of the film is powerful. The music is excellent and complements the storytelling nicely. While Undefeated is powerful and inspiring, it is probably a little too long and could use some more editing.

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