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Forever Strong (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 26 September 2008 (USA)
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A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.

Director:

Ryan Little

Writers:

David Pliler, Dony West (song)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Coach Larry Gelwix
Sean Astin ... Marcus Tate
Neal McDonough ... Coach Richard Penning
Sean Faris ... Rick Penning
Julie Warner ... Natalie Penning
Penn Badgley ... Lars
Eliot Schwartz Eliot Schwartz ... Marty (as Eliot Benjamin)
Michael J. Pagan ... Kurt
Nathan West ... Quentin
Max Kasch ... Griggs
Arielle Kebbel ... Emily
Kepa Kruse ... Tumo (as John Kepa Kruse)
Junior Salt Junior Salt ... Peeta
Jeremy Earl ... Sanchez
Larry Bagby ... Coach Cal
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Storyline

Rick Penning, the 17-year-old star player on his coach/father's rugby team, lands inside the Wasatch County Juvenile Detention Center following his second drunk driving conviction (and where his father leaves him to rot). Mistrust and dislike of the situation makes Rick anything but a model prisoner, but counselors at the center nonetheless hook him up with the Highland Rugby Team, a team renowned for its long string of successive state championships. Its coach, Larry Gelwix, has a surprisingly unexpected philosophy: train boys to be champions in life first, then on the field. Rick doesn't buy into this, which could earn him some time in State Prison if he doesn't turn his life and attitude around by the time he turns 18. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Movie Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Ryan Little Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Provo, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$719,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$719,556
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Larry Gelwix retired from coaching shortly after the film was released. He now continues to focus on his travel planning business. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Rick angrily charges at a sideline bench, there are people right next to it. When the camera switches to show Rick kicking down the bench, the people have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Coach Larry Gelwix: Rick Penning? It's Important for you know right up front: You spend a whole lotta time in the gym, you work your hardest with a complete commitment to do your best, you eat smart, get enough sleep, and you work your tail off, and someday... someday you can have a body like mine.
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Crazy Credits

"It's not about Rugby, it's about young men. It's not about building a championship team, it's about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong." - Larry Gelwix See more »

Connections

Spin-off Larry Gelwix: No Regrets (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Pimpin Hard
Written by Malcolm Kirby Jr. (as Malcolm Kirby) (ASCAP), James H. Martin (ASCAP), & Robert Lee Miller (BMI)
Performed by B.A.S.K.O
Courtesy of Pigfactory USA LLC (ASCAP) & Monkeyfactory (BMI)
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background on highland rugby
26 September 2008 | by sjbernhiselSee all my reviews

While I can't say that I have seem the film yet, I CAN give some valid information pertaining to some of the traditions: I attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City from 2004-2008, and I can say that the Haka is a tradition brought to the team by native Polynesians, many of which are Maori--giving validity to it. It's been a team tradition of empowerment, so questioning why it is even in the film seems kind of ridiculous. As well, the rest of the team is comprised of a diverse population of the student body.

To answer the question about open wounds--yes, it does happen, and the game does go on. To participate, the player and the team must be a member of USA Rugby which covers the insurance and liability issues of the player. I believe it does depend on the player in the terms of what they get bandaged when: some players insist on remaining on the field until a break in regular play time, and others request to be bandaged right away, as well as depending on the severity of the injury.

In terms of how true the actual movie is, I really cannot say as again, I've yet to see it. However from what I have heard from those who were on the rugby team last year who saw a pre-screening of it said that it comprised several stories of the team and coach over the years.

Now whether or not any of this information helps, I hope you enjoy the film.


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