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Underdogs (2013)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 6 April 2013 (USA)
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Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.

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Cast

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Vince DeAntonio
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Bill Burkett
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John Handon II
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Bobby Burkett
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Renee Donohue
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John Handon III (as Charles Carver)
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Nancy Smith-Burkett
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Mike Mayhew
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Michelle Stratton
Joe Namath ...
Joe Namath
Sam Bourquin ...
Sam Bourquin
J.T. Harding ...
Tim Wilfork (as John 'JT' Harding)
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Damien Taylor
Fabien Oliver Paul-Blanc ...
Justin 'Big' Mack
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Jamal Lee (as Aric Generette Floyd)
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Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises from obscurity to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community. Bobby Burkett is the promising quarterback for the Knights, but his Division Four school has never made a playoff appearance until Coach Vince DeAntonio's arrival. Their gruff new coach recruits a talented but insecure receiver and gives a juvenile delinquent offensive lineman a second chance. When Bobby falls for rival cheerleader Renee Donohue, a battle for more than a championship begins with the Viking's "golden boy" quarterback John Hanford III. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is being sued by his former employer and town patriarch John Hanford II over the intellectual rights to a revolutionary new energy saving product. With their home at stake, things look grim for the Burketts (until rumors of Hanford Corp's move to Mexico surface). Now with hundreds of manufacturing jobs at stake... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some language. | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,371 (USA) (23 August 2013)

Gross:

$34,810 (USA) (6 September 2013)
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The rival high school is referred to as "Herbert Hoover High School" when in fact it was named after William Henry Hoover, founder of the Hoover Company. See more »

Quotes

Renee Donohue: I'm never gonna understand, dad. You've always told me to follow my heart, but I guess you just forgot the "it's complicated" part, right?
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Fun film, enjoyable even if you're not into sports
11 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film yesterday at the Cleveland International Film Festival. I must say, I was very impressed.

The overall cinematography is in line with most modern day multi-million dollar Hollywood productions, even though this was produced as an independent film and shot in less than a month in Stark County, Ohio. It's amazing to see how far film makers can go when they actually have talent and aren't relying on a bloated budget and over-hyped marketing campaign. UNDERDOGS shines in that the shots themselves are well composed and can, at times, even evoke emotion.

The actors and actresses all performed extremely well. Though this is a family-oriented film, there wasn't a lot of "cheesy" moments or poor acting typically associated with those types of films. The characters themselves are very memorable and you could almost hear the audience praising the heroes and booing the villains as the film went on. There is enough humor sprinkled throughout to keep it from becoming too serious.

Though this was primarily a football movie, I found it quite engaging even though I didn't understand a lot of the football jargon. The parallel plot of an employee fighting against his greedy employer really helps drive home the whole spirit of being an underdog, which most people can really relate to.

Overall, fun and enjoyable film and highly recommended!


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