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
No players from the 1971 team have been elected to the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame, just Asst. Coach Mickey Jackson. See more »
In spring 1971, Jack Lengyel and Red Dawson approach WVU football coach Bobby Bowden for use of his "veer" formation. Dawson says the two schools "are rivals." Bowden agrees to help, saying "We don't play y'all this year." WVU and Marshall are basketball rivals; they hadn't played each other in football since 1923, and didn't again until 1997. See more »
I'm not sure I comprehend critics calling the film "predictable". OF COURSE going into the film one knows the entire premise of the film... Anyhow... the film does an excellent job of portraying the effect of the plane crash on a variety of characters. Both Fox and Straithairn are particularly moving. McConaughey's character is somewhat goofy, but his performance is believable. It is one of the better sports films I've seen of late and puts films like "Invincible" and "Glory Road" to shame.
Remember the Titans- 9/10 Brian's Song (the original version)- 8.5/10 We Are Marshall- 8/10 Hoosiers- 7.5/10 Rudy- 7/10 Invincible- 5/10 Glory Road- 4/10
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