A Woodlawn quarterback calls a play in the huddle using the name of Jon Gruden's iconic play: Spider Y 2 Banana, which was referenced by comedian Frank Caliendo in his dead-on Gruden parody. See more »
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 »
I'm asking you to stand up, to make a decision, to change, to forgive, and to be forgiven.
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Woodlawn is quite an inspirational real-life high school football drama
While there is a Woodlawn High School in my town of Baton Rouge, LA, this one is about a Woodlawn in Birmingham, AL, that seemed in danger of closing because of the racial incidents that happened when it was integrated in the early '70s. The coach employs a motivational speaker-played by Sean Astin-to help heal whatever issues the school football players had with each other and it seems to do the trick, especially when one of the black players-Tony Nathan-suddenly becomes very valuable to the team. I'll stop there and just say this is quite an inspirational true-life drama to watch in light of recent racial strife we seem to be going through right now. Oh, and I also liked Jon Voight's playing of legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, as well. So on that note, I recommend Woodlawn.
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