A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.

Director:

Alex Kendrick

Writers:

Alex Kendrick (story), Stephen Kendrick (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Kendrick ... Grant Taylor
Shannen Fields ... Brooke Taylor
Tracy Goode ... Brady Owens
Bailey Cave Bailey Cave ... David Childers
Steve Williams Steve Williams ... Larry Childers
Tommy McBride Tommy McBride ... Jonathan Weston
James Blackwell James Blackwell ... Matt Prater / Shiloh Football Player
Jim McBride Jim McBride ... Bobby Lee Duke
Ray Wood Ray Wood ... Mr. Bridges
Brandon Glow Brandon Glow ... Zach Avery / Shiloh Football Player
Bobby Jackson Bobby Jackson ... Game Announcer #1
Tracy Keller Tracy Keller ... Claire Peterson
Justin Heape Justin Heape ... Rob Scott / Shiloh Football Player
Chris Heape Chris Heape ... Jeremy Johnson / Shiloh Football Player
Stanley R. Hendricks Stanley R. Hendricks ... Georgia Sports Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

An action-packed drama about a Christian high school football coach who uses his undying faith to battle the giants of fear and failure. In six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. After learning that he and his wife Brooke face infertility, Grant discovers that a group of fathers are secretly organizing to have him dismissed as head coach. When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team. He dares to challenge his players to believe God for the impossible on and off the field. When faced with unbelievable odds, the Eagles must step up to their greatest test of strength and courage. What transpires is a dynamic story of the fight between faith and fear.

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Taglines:

Never give up. Never back down. Never lose faith. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At the start of the final game, both teams run through banners that were designed for it. The one for the eagles is easy to see, but the one for the giants isn't visible until after it's partly torn. This is because it read "Support The Giants" which they thought was really cheesy, so they decided not to show it until after it was torn enough that it couldn't be read. See more »

Goofs

The shadows on the title sequence are backwards. If the letters in the name "Facing the Giants" were truly back-lit by the lights in the stadium, the shadows would be upside-down, not right-side up. See more »

Quotes

Brooke Taylor: She said that I'm fine, my numbers were normal, and there was nothing that gave her concern.
Grant Taylor: That's good.
Brooke Taylor: It doesn't mean the problem is with you.
Grant Taylor: What else could it mean?
Brooke Taylor: We may just have not given it enough time.
Grant Taylor: Four years?
Brooke Taylor: You still hoping we'll have a baby?
Grant Taylor: You know I am.
Brooke Taylor: Me too. I catch myself thinking about it more and more. Don't you want to know if something is preventing it? Are you afraid of getting checked out?
Grant Taylor: Yes.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, after "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!", some good advice follows: "FACE YOUR GIANTS!" See more »

Connections

References Flywheel (2003) See more »

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Never Give Up On Me
Written by Michael Boggs, Josh Bates
Performed by Josh Bates
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A Sunday Sermon Comes To Life On the Gridiron
8 February 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Well, this movie was a shock to see and to hear. Among the thousands of mainline films I have watched over many years, this is the first I've seen with a modern-day story that was unapologetically Christian. It actually used Jesus and God's name as you would hear in a sermon in church. Of course, the fact that "Hollywood" didn't make this film is understandable; it was produced, directed, written, etc., by a Baptist church in Georgia.

But - surprise - it's available in good quantities at the video stores and actually has the production values of a big-budget Hollywood film. In other words, this looks nice and, for the most part, is adequately acted even though amateurs do the acting. The only one I thought sounded wooden, unfortunately, was Alex Kendrick playing the main character: coach Grant Taylor, the Shiloh Christian High School football coach. Kendrik directed and wrote this film, so kudos to him for all that wonderful work....but an actor, he ain't. Real-life University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt makes a guest appearance and he sounded very relaxed and convincing, as a professional actor would sound. They should have given Richt the main role!

Yes, the story is hokey, especially at the end at the last football game, but what Hollywood movie isn't? It's just a little far-fetched to anyone who knows football. At any rate, the action scenes were well-done and very realistic looking.

To see a movie with this many inspirational and profound Biblical statements was a "revelation" and really nice to see (hear). Hokey or not, there are several moments in this film that should drive most viewers to tears. If not, check your pulse.

The main message of the movie: "All things are possible with God," is a good one and one everyone, including Christians, need to be reminded of periodically. Secular people who don't want to hear anything positive about God or the Bible, or who are just plain biased against Christians, will hate this film and wouldn't last 30 minutes watching it. I have a very good friend who is in that category and I couldn't recommend the film to him, because he'd be in the bathroom puking his guts out after a half hour. However, if you are more tolerant, or are a follower Of Jesus Christ, then you will find this film inspiring and emotional and worth your time.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Facing the Giants See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,389,000, 1 October 2006

Gross USA:

$10,178,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,307,987
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1.85 : 1
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