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3 August 2012 (UK) See more »
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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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An Inspiring Film about the Struggles of an Inner City High School Football Team See more (23 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 Feature.See more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An Inspiring Film about the Struggles of an Inner City High School Football Team, 14 March 2011
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

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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