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
The real-life Brian Chavez did go to Harvard and got a law degree. But then he moved back to Odessa and started going to Permian football games with one of his old teammates, longing for his old glory days on the field. One day, angered by a historic Permian loss in a heated rivalry game, Chavez rounded up a posse, broke into a house party and started brawling with the attendants. His motivation: His girlfriend's ex-husband was at the party, and had been fighting with her over the phone while Chavez was trying to watch the game. Chavez was eventually forced to plead guilty to "burglary with intent to commit assault", and had to settle lawsuits with the victims. Although he avoided jail time, he did have his law license invalidated by the Texas State Bar. He has since turned his life around, but this incident had ultimately proved that the pull of Permian high school football was too much for even the smartest and most grounded player to escape. See more »
When Chavez and Billingsly are eating burritos in front of the convenient store and the police officer pulls up, Billingsly's window is up/down/up between shots. See more »
There's too much learning going on at that school.
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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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