Rick Penning, the 17-year-old star player on his coach/father's rugby team, lands inside the Wasatch County Juvenile Detention Center following his second drunk driving conviction (and where his father leaves him to rot). Mistrust and dislike of the situation makes Rick anything but a model prisoner, but counselors at the center nonetheless hook him up with the Highland Rugby Team, a team renowned for its long string of successive state championships. Its coach, Larry Gelwix, has a surprisingly unexpected philosophy: train boys to be champions in life first, then on the field. Rick doesn't buy into this, which could earn him some time in State Prison if he doesn't turn his life and attitude around by the time he turns 18.
The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images
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26 September 2008 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Untitled Ryan Little Project
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Opening Weekend USA: $68,283,
3 October 2008, Limited Release
Gross USA: $630,649, 2 November 2008
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film was filmed in the Salt Lake area. The school, Granite High School, where the filming of most of Highland's games took place is now abandoned due to asbestos. See more
At the beginning of the movie, when Rick angrily charges at a sideline bench, there are people right next to it. When the camera switches to show Rick kicking down the bench, the people have disappeared. See more
Coach Larry Gelwix
Rick Penning? It's Important for you know right up front: You spend a whole lotta time in the gym, you work your hardest with a complete commitment to do your best, you eat smart, get enough sleep, and you work your tail off, and someday... someday you can have a body like mine.
"It's not about Rugby, it's about young men. It's not about building a championship team, it's about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong." - Larry Gelwix See more
Written by Malcolm Kirby Jr.
(as Malcolm Kirby) (ASCAP), James H. Martin (ASCAP), & Robert Lee Miller (BMI)
Performed by B.A.S.K.O
Courtesy of Pigfactory USA LLC (ASCAP) & Monkeyfactory (BMI) See more