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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

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The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

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Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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coach | high school football | See All (2) »

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Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence, and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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22 August 2014 (USA)  »

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Un equipo legendario  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,381,509 (USA) (22 August 2014)

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$30,127,963 (USA) (31 October 2014)
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Sadarias Harrell was originally cast as a trainer for a team opposing the De La Salle Spartans. Producers agreed to re-cast him as a fan to address his athletic brand concerns. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) The Stanford letterhead shows a misspelled date for January. The date shown is "11 Januaray 2004". See more »

Quotes

Buster Matthews: Do you know why they call me Buster?
Beaser: 'Cause you're stupid enough to let them?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Passion of the Christ (2015) See more »

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Love Me All by Myself
Written by Al Anderson and Pat McLaughlin
Performed by Pat McLaughlin
Courtesy of Big Yellow Dog Music, LLC and Courtesy of Creamstyle Records
Under license from Corn Country Music
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Much More than a Football Movie
21 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When the Game Stands Tall is about a football team and includes a lot of football footage, but it is not a football movie. Rather, it is an inspirational movie about life, commitment, and the definition of success. In this manner, it succeeds wildly.

The story would seem predictable: a team achieves 151 wins in a row through incredible talent and maniacal enthusiasm for football. Instead, When the Game Stands Tall dismisses the importance of "The Streak" and focuses on the process and commitment by which it was built. Almost preachy at times, the movie can be forgiven because it captures the true story. Caviezel's depiction of Coach Bob Ladouceur as quiet, humble, and overly-focused is spot-on. Its illustration of the team's "commitment cards" should be seen as a revelation for every other football team, rather than a sappy distraction. The death of Terrance Kelly was shocking and senseless. And DLS players actually do hold hands as they enter the field and graduate spouting words like "brotherhood" and "love".

When the Game Stands Tall is clearly intended as a message movie in a football setting, and it succeeds on both fronts. "Family-appropriate", it makes for enjoyable and worthwhile viewing.


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