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
During one of the team's practices, Jim Caviezel can be seen wearing a Detroit Lions hat. At the time of filming, Caviezel's brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, was the offensive coordinator of the Lions. See more »
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 »
Responding to the overtly religious criticism/ This movie was about a team that won 150 games in a row. It was based on real life coaching. (This was not a made up part of the story but intrinsic to the coach's point of view).
To leave family/faith values out of the movie would have been like telling the story of a journey without any information about how the characters were able to get from point A to point B when no one else in history had ever done so.
Nevertheless the movie wasn't just about the overall journey, but also included the individual stories of the coach and black and white students facing their own challenges.
The many football scenes through-out the movie were great fun to watch!
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