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Facing the Giants (2006)

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

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Alex Kendrick

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Cast

Credited cast:
Erin Bethea ... Alicia Houston (as Erin Catt)
James Blackwell James Blackwell ... Matt Prater
Bailey Cave Bailey Cave ... David Childers
Shannen Fields ... Brooke Taylor
Tracy Goode ... Brady Owens
Dan W. Howell Sr. Dan W. Howell Sr. ... Announcer #2
Alex Kendrick ... Grant Taylor
Jim McBride Jim McBride ... Bobby Lee Duke
Tommy McBride Tommy McBride ... Jonathan Weston
Michael McLendon ... Shiloh Football Player
Jason McLeod Jason McLeod ... Brock Kelley
Mark Richt Mark Richt ... Himself
Kyle Scott Kyle Scott ... Shiloh Football Player
Mary Smit Mary Smit ... Field Nurse
Steve Williams Steve Williams ... Larry Childers
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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. Devastated by his circumstances, he cries out to God in desperation. 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. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affrontando i giganti See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,343,537, 1 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,178,331
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the football practices were real or filmed right afterwards. Sometimes Grant (Alex Kendrick) and the others were walking around pretending to be in charge but really weren't. See more »

Goofs

Before the final play of the game they say that there are only two seconds left. When they show the score on the scoreboard you can see that it says 5:12 left. See more »

Quotes

Grant Taylor: Scripture says to honor your parents, and all you do is complain.
Matt Prater: All he does is boss me around. He doesn't even try to understand me.
Grant Taylor: Matt, you can't judge your father by his actions and then judge yourself by your intentions. It doesn't work that way. You're not responsible for him. You're responsible for you. You honor God by honoring your authority.
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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 Kojak (1973) See more »

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Our Mystery
Written by Bebo Norman, Ed Cash
Performed by Bebo Norman
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What a waste
18 June 2008 | by aou16See all my reviews

This is not an attack on religion, but this movie served no purpose but to preach. Unfortunately even when you get past all of the religion the rest of the movie wasn't very good, and had little to offer in the way of entertainment.

If you are going to use a sports themed movie as a Trojan horse to spread the gospel, the very least the filmmakers can do is work harder on the overall quality of every other aspect of the movie. What was needed here was simple better script, better acting, and less preaching. I would personally be interested in seeing just how many times god was referenced in this film. My guess is the number is staggering. On the plus side for this film, amazingly enough the production values weren't half bad(factoring that this was a direct to video feature).

I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone...if it were this or nothing, I vote nothing.


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