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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 22 August 2014 (USA)
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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 »
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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:

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Did You Know?


Sadarias Harrell was originally cast as a trainer for a team opposing the De La Salle Spartans. Producers agreed to re-cast him as a fan to address his athletic brand concerns. See more »


the 2nd loss De La Salle suffered in 2003 was to Clovis West high school out of Clovis, CA. See more »


Buster Matthews: Do you know why they call me Buster?
Beaser: 'Cause you're stupid enough to let them?
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Referenced in The Final Girls (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.
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User Reviews

Gets better as it goes along
13 December 2014 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

This was inspired by a true story.

California High School football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) takes the De La Salle high school to 151 straight victories. This movie starts when the streak is broken and how everyone handles it.

This is one of those movies that gets better and better as it goes along. Bob Ladouceur insists that it not about scoring touchdowns and winning. But he has a method of teaching that actually insures that scoring touchdowns and winning will result. He says his main goal is to prepare his young players to be able to handle life after school so whatever happens, they can be counted on. Simply said, it works. Because of his belief in how he teaches and what he believes, he turns down offers to coach college football.

This is well acted all around and the hard-hitting (ouch, ouch, ouch) scenes on the football field appear to be quite real (Hey, Bob, it's movie magic). Well, I hope so, but I checked with my doctor anyway. So far he says I am good to watch more of these hits. Ouch!

The father of the Quarterback wants his son to achieve the record for the most touchdowns in High School competition nationwide. And, it is here the ending is nothing short of Pure Gold. You will be touched.

Also, you will understand why the title is perfect. (7/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.

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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:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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