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Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 8 October 2004 (USA)
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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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the end of the movie, where Permian is trying to score right before the last play, Director Peter Berg can be seen jumping up and down in the stands. See more »

Goofs

The artificial turf used in the scenes at Permian high was not in use in 1988. Fieldturf, a surface which uses a mixture of sand and ground rubber, wasn't in use until 2001. See more »

Quotes

Boobie Miles: What am I gonna do if I can't play football? I'm not good at nothin'!
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Soundtracks

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
Written by Chuck D (as Carlton Ridenhour), Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler,
Flavor Flav (as William Drayton)
Performed by Public Enemy
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Nostalgic
16 August 2008 | by rdowbSee all my reviews

This is the most human sports movie I've ever seen. Most sports movies follow a very basic formula of being either inspirational or comedic. Some try to be dramatic, but most fail because unless a person is playing a sport they often don't feel the tension, the struggle, the pain, or the elation. Where most others fail, Friday Night Lights soars.

Peter Berg does a wonderful job using the shaky-cam technique to create a documentary type of feel to the movie. We see the characters in their daily lives as if we are walking side by side with them. This is especially effective considering the plight many of those people feel. They all want to escape. Through football they can. Berg captures this.

The acting is extremely balanced. Even Tim McGraw surprises. Derek Luke is exceptional tackling(no pun intended) a tragic superstar. Everyone shines.

For anyone who loves sports and remembers when nothing else mattered when you played, this is a beautiful parallel.


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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

Gross USA:

$61,255,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,950,770
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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