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Gridiron Gang (2006)

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Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Director:

Phil Joanou

Writers:

Jeff Maguire, Jac Flanders (film "Gridiron Gang")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Sean Porter (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)
Xzibit ... Malcolm Moore
L. Scott Caldwell ... Bobbi Porter
Leon Rippy ... Paul Higa
Kevin Dunn ... Ted Dexter
Jade Yorker ... Willie Weathers
David V. Thomas ... Kelvin Owens (as David Thomas)
Setu Taase Setu Taase ... Junior Palaita
Mo McRae ... Leon Hayes (as Mo)
James Earl ... Donald Madlock (as James Earl III)
Trever O'Brien ... Kenny Bates
Brandon Mychal Smith ... Bug Wendal
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Danyelle Rollins (as Jurnee Smollett)
Michael J. Pagan ... Roger Weathers
Jamal Mixon ... Jamal Evans
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Starz Insider behind-the-scenes look at Gridiron Gang.

Stars: Kevin Dunn, James Earl, Allan Graf

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Storyline

In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One goal. A second chance.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some startling scenes of violence, mature thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During a practice scene, Dwayne Johnson can be seen paying tribute to his college career by wearing the number 94, the same number he wore during his time with the Miami Hurricanes. See more »

Goofs

After the second or third game, when the coach is challenging the players during a practice, there is tape on each players helmet with their name. Coaches only do this during the before the season starts, to learn names. Once the season starts, no coach wastes the time to relabel the helmets, as he would already know all of the names. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm Moore: Man, that kid's always smiling!
[laughing at Bugs]
Sean Porter: Yeah... but I wonder if he was laughing when he stabbed that old lady for her purse?
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Crazy Credits

Scenes are shown from the 1992 documentary "Gridiron Gang" which inspired this film. See more »

Connections

Remake of Gridiron Gang (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Celebration
Written by Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Ronald Bell, George Funky Brown (as George Brown),
Eumir Deodato, Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Claydes Smith,
, J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor), Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Earl Toon (as Earl Toon,
, Jr.)
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A very good, touching movie!
17 September 2006 | by rlnuttSee all my reviews

Well, who would have thought that a professional wrestler would become an actor... not just a star, but a real, true to life 'ACTOR'! Dwayne Johnson has done this and he's seamless with his portrayal of Sean Porter to the letter!

The end of the movie shows several scenes of a documentary where the real Sean Porter is saying the lines that Johnson was speaking in the movie. The Rock makes those lines seem like his own and I bought into every moment of it!

Some characters were from actual kids that were in the L.A. juvie detention center and others were obvious blended characters. Two of the main characters were adversaries at the beginning and they become close... very close friends. This scenario probably has happened in real life, but they are fictionalized blends of probably many. The producers even made the numbers on their jerseys the same, but opposite. One was 13, the other 31... in other words, we are the same, just the sequence is different. I don't know if anyone else caught that, but I found it effective.

Overall, a very good movie with solid acting and a good script with a good ending! I recommend it, but the language is rough. No sugar coating the violence either. Not for kids, not even if the parents are sitting right next to them!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,414,630, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$38,432,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,480,851
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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