Friday Night Lights Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for Friday Night Lights the Movie

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Excellent tale about West Texas and its love for high school football. Based on the 1990 nonfiction account written by H.G. Bissinger of the 1988 season of the Odessa-Permian Panthers team, the film showcases the be-all, end-all small town fervor for the game and the all-consuming impact that has on its teenaged players. Among those are arrogant star running back James "Boobie" Miles (Luke), shy and insecure quarterback Mike Winchell (Black), and troubled tailback Don Billingsley (Hedlund), who's abused by his alcoholic dad (country singer McGraw, making a notable debut). Thornton gives a fine performance as Coach Gaines, a reserved man who knows his job is on the line if the team doesn't make the state championship.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 117 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Sports Dramas, Football, High School, True Stories, Period Piece: 1980s, Texas, Bad Dads, Dedicated Teachers
Peter Berg, David Aaron Cohen
Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Connie Britton, Lee Jackson, Lee Thompson Young, Tim McGraw, Grover Coulson
Tobias Schliessler
Peter Berg
Brian Reitzell, David Torn
David Rosenbloom, Colby Parker, Peter Borck, Susan Matheson, Sharon Seymour
Brian Grazer, Imagine Entertainment, Universal

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