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Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 8 October 2004 (USA)
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Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Coach Gary Gaines
... Mike Winchell
... Don Billingsley
... Boobie Miles
... Brian Chavez
... Ivory Christian
... Chris Comer
... Charles Billingsley
... L.V. Miles
... Sharon Gaines
... Mrs. Winchell
Kasey Stevens ... Flippy
... Melissa
... Maria
... Jennifer Gaines
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Storyline

Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives. Written by Zac Abrams

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic issues, sexual content, language, some teen drinking and rough sports action | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,269,025, 10 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,188,085, 26 December 2004
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Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black worked together on All The Pretty Horses (2000) 4 years earlier. Which was directed by Billy Bob Thornton. They also starred together in Sling Blade. See more »

Goofs

When departing Odessa for the game in the Houston Astrodome, the coach tells a player that "we have a six hour ride" when in reality it would take at least eight to nine hours to drive the 500 miles from Odessa to Houston. See more »

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Mike Winchell: [Deleted Scene] Did you think is was going to be this big?
Brian Chavez: Yeah.
Mike Winchell: Bullsh*t man.
Brian Chavez: I do.
Mike Winchell: You act like that. You think it's just a game. Something to check off on your list. Know what I think?
Brian Chavez: What's that?
Mike Winchell: I think you're scared just like the rest of us. But I think you're smart enough to see that one day when you look back from whatever big job or big house, or whatever it is that you got, that when you look back at this time, I dare you to beat it. I dare you.
Brian Chavez: It's just a game.
Don Billingsley: It doesn't feel like ...
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Soundtracks

Bring the Noise
Written by Chuck D (as Carlton Ridenhour), Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler,
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Performed by Public Enemy
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Get Off Your Ass and Jam"
Performed by Funkadelic
Courtesy of Westbound Records Inc.
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Rack Focus is out of bounds
6 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The reason Varsity Blues is so much like Friday Night Lights is b/c VB is a fictional story which was written 10 years after the true story of FNL took place in Odessa, TX in 1988.

The game faces worn by the players in FNL are genuine. The "Religion" of High School Football gave them no other choice. H.G. Bissinger spent almost an entire year with his family in 1988 in Odessa, TX. He essentially became a part of the community and team in documenting and then writing his book Friday Night Lights. He said that due to depressed economic conditions, lack of higher education, and good paying jobs, the communities in West Texas looked upon the high school football programs as saviors from reality.


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