When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

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Writers:

Jamie Linden (screenplay), Cory Helms (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Jack Lengyel
Matthew Fox ... Red Dawson
Anthony Mackie ... Nate Ruffin
David Strathairn ... President Dedmon
Ian McShane ... Paul Griffen
Kate Mara ... Annie Cantrell
January Jones ... Carole Dawson
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Sandy Lengyel
Arlen Escarpeta ... Reggie Oliver
Brian Geraghty ... Tom Bogdan
Tommy Cresswell ... Gene Morehouse
Christian Kanupke Christian Kanupke ... Young Keith Morehouse
Nina Jones ... Mrs. Morehouse
Kevin Atkins Kevin Atkins ... George Olson
Mark Patton Mark Patton ... Bill James
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For Jack Lengyel, winning wasn't a matter of scoring. It was a matter of getting his team to play just one more season. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic material, a crash scene, and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Marhsall QB Reggie Oliver had a brief pro career. He was back up quarterback for the Birmingham Vulcans, of the ill-fated WFL, in 1975. See more »

Goofs

Coach Lengyel and President Dedmon talk in a basketball gym about getting the NCAA to let them play football. The court has a three-point line, which the NCAA adopted in 1983, and the National Federation of High School Rules adopted in 1984. See more »

Quotes

Red Dawson: We're not honoring them, Jack, we're disgracing them.
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »

Connections

Features Kelly's Heroes (1970) See more »

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The Love You Save
Written by Berry Gordy, Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell), Freddie Perren and Deke Richards
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not a cliché football movie.
23 December 2006 | by Cocacolaguy912-2See all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Marshall University Football Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,114,264, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$43,545,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,545,364
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2.35 : 1
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