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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  22 August 2014 (USA)
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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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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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$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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De La Salle is a private high school and costs over $16,000 a year to attend. They aim to give scholarships to students who cannot afford it. See more »

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De la Salle defeated Long Beach Poly 29-15 in 2001 and 28-7 in 2002. According to what I could find, they did not play again for over 10 years which means they could not have played in 2004. In the movie, De la Salle is playing LB Poly in the afternoon at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Varsity HS football in Long Beach is generally played on Friday nights. See more »

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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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