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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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Storyline

When Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama is controversially desegregated in 1973, Tony Nathan, a gifted black high school football player, joins the school's predominantly white football team along with several other black players. The coach, Tandy Gerelds, tells the team to use their shared anger to unite them, but black and white players clash on and off the field. After a riot at the school, Gerelds consents to allowing traveling sports chaplain Hank Erwin to speak to the team as a "motivational speaker". Hank's speech moves nearly the entire team to accept Hank's invitation to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and join together in prayer. Gerelds does not accept the invitation, and is unsure what to make of the event..

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Voight plays the legendary Alabama Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in the movie, which is actually his second portrayal of a football coach in films. He also portrayed the headstrong Coach Bud Kilmer in Varsity Blues (1999) , co-starring the late Paul Walker and James Van Der Beek. 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

Hank: I'm asking you to stand up, to make a decision, to change, to forgive, and to be forgiven.
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Soundtracks

By Our Love
Written by Peter R Scholtes
Performed by For King & Country
Courtesy of Word Entertainment
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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too much of a God thing?
11 January 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

A very hard film to review, a film clearly of the "faith" genre so well produced, acted, directed, cast that it literally pulls at its own leash and tries to cross over into the mainstream.

Also lost in the shuffle is the fact that the "mystery" evangelist who appears out of nowhere and sparks the story fathered two sons who .. big coincidence here.. produced the movie.

A wonderful performance by Voight who frankly we take too much for granted. Compare his work here to Ray Dovovan and you will wonder if you are looking at the same actor.

A film is in many ways the ultimate recipe for a soufflé. Leave it in the oven a few minutes too long and it falls.

The irony is that with a little more judicious editing, a little less preaching, the objective of a true crossover might have been achieved.


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