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3 August 2012 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A documentary on an underdog football team who look to reverse their fortunes with coach Bill Courtney. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Rejuvenating the sports genre via documentary See more (21 total) »

Cast

 
Montrail 'Money' Brown ... Himself
O.C. Brown ... Himself

Bill Courtney ... Himself
Chavis Daniels ... Himself

Directed by
Daniel Lindsay 
T.J. Martin 
 
Produced by
Sean Combs .... executive producer (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
Paolo Coppola .... executive producer
Ed Cunningham .... producer
Michele Farinola .... executive producer
Lee Gordon .... field producer
Seth Gordon .... producer
Neeraj Kohli .... executive producer
Daniel Lindsay .... producer (as Dan Lindsay)
Jillian Longnecker .... executive producer
Rich Middlemas .... producer
Chris Miller .... executive producer
Nigel Sinclair .... executive producer
Glen Zipper .... producer
Ralph Zipper .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
Daniel McMahon 
Miles Nielsen 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Lindsay 
T.J. Martin 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Lindsay 
T.J. Martin 
 
Sound Department
Joe Iemola .... sound editor
Shannon Pickett .... additional production sound
Cameron Steenhagen .... dialogue editor
Elijah Weber .... sound editor
Elmo Weber .... sound re-recording mixer
Elmo Weber .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Goble .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Richard Garibaldi .... final colorist
Matt Hopkins .... on-line editor
Claire O'Brien .... Post Production Supervisor
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering
Tobias Rogers .... editorial assistant
Cameron Rumford .... assistant editor
Kelly Sandefur .... on-line editor
Michael Smollin .... digital colorist
J. Clay Tweel .... additional editor
Paul Lavoie .... digital production manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Craig Conard .... music production
Darren Garvey .... percussion
Sandy Wilson .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Gabriel Bucsko .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Mark Ankner .... the producers wish to thank
Sarah Anthony .... the producers wish to thank
Beau Bauman .... the producers wish to thank
Nicholas Kalikow .... special thanks
Steven Klein .... the producers wish to thank
Luis Lopez .... the producers wish to thank
Mary Rohlich .... the producers wish to thank
Kyle Roper .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some language
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113 min
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Was rejected by the prestigious Sundance festival in 2012, so its directors was accepted and shown at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin--where it was bought for distribution and went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Rejuvenating the sports genre via documentary, 27 May 2013
Author: Shamek Stepien from Poland

Oscar-award winning documentary "Undefeated" maximizes it out-take from being at the right place at the right time. The movies focuses its attention on a failing high-school American football team Manassas Tigers in Memphis, Tennessee, yet to ever win a play-off game in the rich 110 years of existence. The Manassas high-school is located in an all-black neighborhood suffering from extreme unemployment rates after the closure of the local Bridgestone plant. Most children lack parental guidance, whilst being raised by grandmothers or single parents is an all-too-familiar sight. In one reveal almost everyone in the team has close relatives convicted of various sorts of crimes with some of the most aggressive youths, like Chavis Daniels, already having spent time in correctional facilities. Into this backdrop of dire hopelessness comes Bill Courtney, a successful businessman, whose true calling and passion is coaching football teams. Having offered six years of his time on pro-bono formation of Manassas Tigers, this year is supposed to be his swansong. His key weapon is the brute force of O.C. Brown, the most talented player on the team, however his educational struggles pose question as to whether he will be able to continue to college with his education. Meanwhile miniscule right-back Montrail 'Money' Brown, a well-versed and perspective youth, hopes to finish his career in football (as being too small to succeed in pro gaming) on a high. Will the school be able to break the 110 year play-off jinx?

Molded into the all too familiar underdog sports story of a team of misfits conquering the odds, it is easy to understand the Academy's decision. Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin spent a significant amount of time filming the ordeals of Bill Courtney and his challenged youth team, capturing a spectacular moment in time, when the group turn from perennial whooping boys into the dominant regional outfit with a knack for big comebacks.

Given this extraordinary backdrop the film directors come off with rich material to form a documentary. Even though the ease in which the story fits the mold of narrative genre films feels somewhat suspect and forced at times, the viewing is really pleasurable. Plus, despite everything else you know this is real life and although the directors hint at outcomes along the way, you never truly know what will happen, giving it a unique, engaging quality, so desperately lacking in features. Full of heart, passion and a hopeful outlook this really does seem like the kind of stuff the Academy would go for. Worthwhile watch, even if the year in question had superior documentaries to choose from.

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