At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971?Written by
After the film was released, Marshall University returned to East Carolina University. All players were given the option of traveling by plane or bus. After Marshall lost the game 33-20, Marshall returned to Pitt Greenville Airport. The plane was delayed with mechanical problems. Several players opted to take the team bus instead of traveling on the plane. See more »
When Nate places the football on the tee at the ceremony, a voice on the microphone can be heard through the speakers. When the camera angle rises above Nate, no one is at the microphone. See more »
For those of you who may not know, this is the final resting place for six members of the 1970 Thundering Herd. The plane crash that took their lives was so severe, so absolute, that their bodies were unable to be identified. So they were buried here. Together. Six players. Six teammates. Six Sons of Marshall. This is our past, gentlemen. This is where we have been. This is how we got here. This is who we are. Today, I want to talk about our opponent this afternoon. They're bigger, faster, ...
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »
The year of 2006 had three football movies..."The Gridiron Gang", "Invinsible", and "We are Marshall". Having seen the first two earlier in the year, I was not that excited for We are Marshall. I went in expecting a decent but cliché football movie.
I was wrong. We are Marshall is not another cliché football movie...it is so much more than that. The movie is definitely sad, as well it should be...throughout the movie, regardless of all the positive things that are occurring, you are often reminded that the plane crash is still in the characters' minds, and no matter what happens with their rebuilding the football team, that will haunt them forever. This isn't one of those movies where something bad happens and then it is healed.
Go see We are Marshall...will you be depressed? I was not...I left the theater calmly in deep thought. Will you be touched? I would say so.
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