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Woodlawn (2015)

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A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

Directors:

Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

Writers:

Jon Erwin, Todd Gerelds (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Hank Erwin
Nic Bishop ... Tandy Gerelds
Caleb Castille ... Tony Nathan
Sherri Shepherd ... Momma Nathan
Jon Voight ... Paul Bryant
Joy Brunson ... Johnnie
Lance E. Nichols ... Junior (as Lance Nichols)
DeVon Franklin ... Preacher
C. Thomas Howell ... Shorty
Kevin Sizemore ... Jerry Stearns
Brett Rice ... Whitehurst
Virginia Williams ... Debbie
Brando Eaton ... Morton
Richard Kohnke ... Jeff Rutledge
Jet Jurgensmeyer ... Todd
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A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

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Taglines:

One Hope. One Truth. One Way (John 14:6)

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including some racial tension/violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A futball hite See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,002,226, 16 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,393,862, 7 February 2016
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie marks the second time Jon Voight has portrayed a legendary college coach. In Glory Road (2006), he portrayed Adolph Rupp. See more »

Goofs

Whilst the game scores are correctly shown on the blackboard and at the football fields, the order of the games and dates listed differ to the actual events that occurred in 1973. See more »

Quotes

Tandy Gerelds: Adversity is the crucible for greatness.
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Connections

Featured in One: The Woodlawn Study: Your Identity (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Edward King, Gary Rossington, and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of The MCA Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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8 November 2015 | by griffolyon12See all my reviews

Woodlawn is easily the best faith-based film I've ever seen (one not based on a bible story, that is). The film details the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team in 1973 Birmingham, Alabama, the year the school integrated, and how this team helped bring the whole school together by all of the players accepting Christ. This is a story that could have easily been ham-fisted, but the Erwin Brothers (the directors of the film) manage to keep the film from ever being too sappy or preachy. All of the preaching of the film comes naturally from the characters and who they are, which is a problem with most faith-based films. Characters will often transform into philosophical sages when the filmmakers feel it is time to preach, and I think that just comes across as cheesy and not authentic to non-believers and some believers. Luckily, Woodlawn avoids that pitfall in its script, which could have been a little stronger in some areas (in particular in character depth and their motivations), but unlike most faith-based films, the good outweighs the bad here. Featuring some truly moving moments and a slew of well-realized football sequences, Woodlawn is a faith- based film I actually want to recommend.

I give Woodlawn an 8 out of 10!


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