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Underdogs (2013)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 6 April 2013 (USA)
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Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.

Director:

Doug Dearth

Writers:

David Latham (screenplay) (as Dave Latham), Benjamin Suarez (story) (as Ben Suarez)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
D.B. Sweeney ... Vince DeAntonio
William Mapother ... Bill Burkett
Richard Portnow ... John Handon II
Logan Huffman ... Bobby Burkett
Maddie Hasson ... Renee Donohue
Charlie Carver ... John Handon III (as Charles Carver)
Melora Walters ... Nancy Smith-Burkett
Jay Thomas ... Mike Mayhew
Natalie Imbruglia ... Michelle Stratton
Joe Namath ... Joe Namath
Sam Bourquin Sam Bourquin ... Sam Bourquin
Keith Loneker ... Ryan Cooper
J.T. Harding J.T. Harding ... Tim Wilfork (as John 'JT' Harding)
Carter Redwood ... Damien Taylor
Fabien Oliver Paul-Blanc Fabien Oliver Paul-Blanc ... Justin 'Big' Mack
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Storyline

Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises from obscurity to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community. Bobby Burkett is the promising quarterback for the Knights, but his Division Four school has never made a playoff appearance until Coach Vince DeAntonio's arrival. Their gruff new coach recruits a talented but insecure receiver and gives a juvenile delinquent offensive lineman a second chance. When Bobby falls for rival cheerleader Renee Donohue, a battle for more than a championship begins with the Viking's "golden boy" quarterback John Hanford III. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is being sued by his former employer and town patriarch John Hanford II over the intellectual rights to a revolutionary new energy saving product. With their home at stake, things look grim for the Burketts (until rumors of Hanford Corp's move to Mexico surface). Now with hundreds of manufacturing jobs at stake... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

North Canton, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,722, 18 August 2013

Gross USA:

$35,271

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,271
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Goofs

The rival high school is referred to as "Herbert Hoover High School" when in fact it was named after William Henry Hoover, founder of the Hoover Company. See more »

Quotes

Player 88: Hey, Bobby.
Bobby Burkett: Yeah!
Player 88: What's new coach doin' way up there?
Bobby Burkett: I don't know. Lookin' for a win?
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One More Time
Written by Grant Michaels and Amir Salem
Performed by WNDRBRD
Published by Songs Music Publishing LLC o/b/o Lucky Human Crew Music
(ASCAP), Azeem Music (ASCAP), Song of SMP (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mighty Seven Music
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13 May 2014 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Sports films are a dime a dozen. While the names, locations, and even the sport changes, the story rarely does, so what makes one film better than the rest? An eager young cast, a compelling back story, and a setting rarely seen before, all help Underdogs become that rare sports film that does more than just pump you up, it sticks with you and really makes you appreciate things that most people overlook. In Ohio, football is life, from the pros right down to the High School level and in the suburbs of Canton, Hoover is the name on everyone's bumper sticker, but they're not the only team in town. Across town is a division four team, the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights, a catholic school team that has never received any attention of any kind. Being a D4 team, even if they won all their games, they won't be going anywhere. The players, while talented are uninspired, until a new coach comes to town and makes them believe in themselves. The film is based on a true story and stars V's Logan Huffman as Quarterback, Bill Burkett. Huffman is always one of these guys you see in the background of a film and never really take notice of. In Underdogs, much like his character, Huffman steps up and really puts on a performance that I never would have expected. On and off the field the character being portrayed is so profound, that anyone would have a hard time making him believable. Not only does Logan Huffman do the impossible, but he does so in such a compelling way, that I added everything he's ever been in to my queue, once the film was over. Even though there is a lot more here than in your typical sports film, Huffman ties all the elements together, in a very special way, you seldom see anymore. To say his performance was legendary, truly does it a disservice. Even if you hate football, as a fan of movies, you should see this film just to witness the unbelievable performance of Logan Huffman, because he really was that good. As for the rest of the film, Underdogs was centered on football, but wasn't entirely about the team, it was also about the town, and how different one side can be from the other. The story of this town is almost as interesting as what's happening on the gridiron. Underdogs is a small budget, direct-to-video film, but much like the Knights, it packs a punch and really gives the big boys a run for their money.


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