76 user 52 critic

When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 22 August 2014 (USA)
2:32 | Trailer
The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.


Thomas Carter


Scott Marshall Smith (screenplay), Scott Marshall Smith (story) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Bob Ladouceur
Michael Chiklis ... Terry Eidson
Alexander Ludwig ... Chris Ryan
Clancy Brown ... Mickey Ryan
Laura Dern ... Bev Ladouceur
Matthew Daddario ... Danny Ladouceur
Joe Massingill ... Beaser
Jessie T. Usher ... Tayshon Lanear
Ser'Darius Blain ... Cam Colvin
Stephan James ... T.K. Kelly
Richard Kohnke ... Rick Salinas
Matthew Frias ... Arturo
Chase Boltin Chase Boltin ... Manny Gonzales
Gavin Casalegno ... Michael Ladouceur
Les Miles Les Miles ... Oklahoma Scout #1


Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

coach | high school football | See All (2) »


It's not how hard you fall. It's how you get back up.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence, and brief smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


During one team practice, Jim Caviezel wears a Detroit Lions hat. At the time of filming, Caviezel's brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, was the Lions' offensive coordinator. See more »


The doctor comes in and tells the Coach that he had an 83% blockage of his PLA, calling it the "widowmaker" and required 5 stents. The "widowmaker" is actually a blockage of the left main artery or the upper LAD artery. The PLA is so small also that it would not accommodate 5 stents. See more »


Buster Matthews: Do you know why they call me Buster?
Beaser: 'Cause you're stupid enough to let them?
See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Passion of the Christ (2015) See more »


All About You
Written by Eric Goldman and Brice Fox
Performed by Brice Fox
Courtesy of Keep Smiling, LLC
Under license from Music Asset Management, Inc.
See more »

User Reviews

Simply Good Movie...
29 August 2014 | by taylor_king-890-815491See all my reviews

There was a local HS water polo team in our audience, attending this movie with their coach, and they were all revved up, animated, and having fun talking about it in front of the theater when the film was over. It's really all about Bob Ladocouer's coaching strategy "the brotherhood of the team" at DeLasalle HS, located in an East Bay suburb near Oakland, California. The school and coach are famous, at least in No. California, for their 151-game winning streak and subsequent regional titles. The movie depicts the true story of a racially and economically diverse bunch of young male athletes being able to overcome differences and personal challenges. Many develop their potential, grow in confidence and maturity, and strive for success in their lives after high school because of lessons learned from being part of a team with a coach and staff who, collectively led them to overcome the odds and become better than they thought they could be. There are scenes of real-life tragedy and triumph that are included as more of a backdrop to the story than a central theme, but aptly illustrate how "victims" in any situation can become "victors". There are a lot of long scenes of football bashing & crunching, which some may find "too long"...the actor who plays Coach Bob is low- key intense, rather than dramatic; dialogue is ordinary vs. Hollywood-ish, but in the end, a tribute to exceptional coaching is made, message received.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 76 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Game Stands Tall See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,381,509, 24 August 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed