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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.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Buzz Bissinger (book) (as H.G. Bissinger), David Aaron Cohen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Coach Gary Gaines
Lucas Black ... Mike Winchell
Garrett Hedlund ... Don Billingsley
Derek Luke ... Boobie Miles
Jay Hernandez ... Brian Chavez
Lee Jackson ... Ivory Christian
Lee Thompson Young ... Chris Comer
Tim McGraw ... Charles Billingsley
Grover Coulson ... L.V. Miles
Connie Britton ... Sharon Gaines
Connie Cooper ... Mrs. Winchell
Kasey Stevens Kasey Stevens ... Flippy
Ryanne Duzich ... Melissa
Amber Heard ... Maria
Morgan Farris ... 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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Taglines:

Hope comes alive on Friday nights See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday Night Lights See more »

Filming Locations:

Abilene, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real James "Boobie" Miles can be seen standing next to Derek Luke (playing "Boobie" Miles) several times throughout the film. He is wearing a black Permian jacket and hat. See more »

Goofs

When Boobie is hurt, one of the fans standing behind L.V. in the stands is wearing a cap and jacket with a Texas Christian University logo that wasn't in use in 1988. See more »

Quotes

Boobie Miles: Go on, go on and be perfect
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Connections

Referenced in Unguarded (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Your Dog
Written by Ron Asheton (as Ronald Asheton), Scott Asheton, David Alexander (as Dave Alexander),
Iggy Pop
Performed by The Stooges
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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This is what highschool football is all about
10 October 2004 | by OriginalMovieBuff21See all my reviews

Friday Night Lights is a very realistic portrayal of highschool Texas football. I just saw this movie 3 hours ago with my whole family and I couldn't have seen a much more realistic football film that this. The acting was great especially by Billy Bob Thornton and my favorite character in the film was that number 90 guy named Christian, also know as the "Preacher." He was excellent and he couldn't of done any better. The music especially was excellent and so good by Explosions in the Sky. The guitar playing is brilliant! There might of been some messups in the movie from the book but this film is excellent. It is the 2nd best football film, close to #1 Rudy, but this one of the best football films ever made. I highly recommend it because this film is really touching and realistic.

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