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We Are Marshall (2006)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 22 December 2006 (USA)
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When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

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Writers:

Jamie Linden (screenplay), Cory Helms (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Jack Lengyel
Matthew Fox ... Red Dawson
Anthony Mackie ... Nate Ruffin
David Strathairn ... President Dedmon
Ian McShane ... Paul Griffen
Kate Mara ... Annie Cantrell
January Jones ... Carole Dawson
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Sandy Lengyel
Arlen Escarpeta ... Reggie Oliver
Brian Geraghty ... Tom Bogdan
Tommy Cresswell ... Gene Morehouse
Christian Kanupke Christian Kanupke ... Young Keith Morehouse
Nina Jones ... Mrs. Morehouse
Kevin Atkins Kevin Atkins ... George Olson
Mark Patton Mark Patton ... Bill James
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Storyline

In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is like football: it knocks you down, then expects you to get back up...and play till the whistle blows. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic material, a crash scene, and mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Marshall University Football Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,114,264, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$43,545,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,545,364
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sonny Perdue: The East Carolina head coach. See more »

Goofs

All the characters, including Coach Lengyel, consistently pronounce Wooster College's name as though it rhymes with "rooster." Students and residents pronounce it "WUSS-ter", like the Massachusetts city. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lengyel: For those of you who may not know, this is the final resting place for six members of the 1970 Thundering Herd. The plane crash that took their lives was so severe, so absolute, that their bodies were unable to be identified. So they were buried here. Together. Six players. Six teammates. Six Sons of Marshall. This is our past, gentlemen. This is where we have been. This is how we got here. This is who we are. Today, I want to talk about our opponent this afternoon. They're bigger, faster, ...
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Referenced in Food Revolution: Episode #1.4 (2010) See more »

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Written by Ennio Morricone
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User Reviews

 
Under rated movie that will make you feel good about the ability to come back from tragedy
31 January 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This one blindsided me. With some of the worst reviews of the Christmas season I thought that this was going to be time wasted, instead I found one of the more enjoyable movies I've seen in along while. The first half hour of this film is a great capsule of the events leading to and aftermath of the plane crash that wiped out the 1970 Marshall football team. At that point the film shifts gears as Matthew McConaughey is brought in to rebuild the team and be its coach. A feel good movie thats more about rebuilding the cracked soul of a community than football (though football is front and center) this is a movie that works because of the characters, we care about them so we care about the story. Its also got a great pop score. Though far from perfect, and probably not "great", its a better than really good movie that the critics completely missed the boat on.


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