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I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When The Game Stands Tall (2014) Movie Review

Release Date:  Friday, August 22, 2014

Running Time:  115 minutes

Genre:  Drama/Sport

Motion Picture Rating:  Rated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence, parental abuse, serious illness, and brief smoking by an adult character.

Director:  Thomas Carter

Writing Credits:  Scott Marshall Smith - screenplay & story; David Zelon - story; and Neil Hayes - book

Description:  Inspired by true events, the movie When The Game Stands Tall tells the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.




Actor Jim Caviezel
as Coach Bob Ladouceur


Coach Bob Ladouceur

Laura Dern
as Bev Ladouceur

Matthew Daddario
as Danny Ladouceur

Alexander Ludwig
as Chris Ryan

Ser'Darius Blain
as Cam Colvin

Stephen James
as  Terrance "TK" Kelly

Michael Chiklis
as Terry Edison

Leslie's Notes

  • Although I didn't know anything about this movie, my 17-year-old daughter Sara read about the real people this movie is based on and asked to see When The Game Stands Tall when it was first released in August.
  • While reading the list of actors, other than Laura Dern, I wasn't familiar with the main cast members. I first thought that actor Jim Caviezel was Superman in Man of Steel, but that's actor Henry Cavill! Jim Caviezel is best known as portraying Jesus in the 2004 award winning movie The Passion of the Christ and also stars as John Reese in the CBS TV Series Person of Interest, one of my father's favorite shows.
  • This movie is based on the book "When The Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak. The paperback book is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/When-Game-Stands-Tall-Footballs/dp/1583941304.
  • Based on true events, one of the main football players, Terrance "TK" Kelly, was shot and killed in Richmond, California by a 15-year-old acquaintance while sitting in his car, waiting to give a ride home to a friend. TK died just days before he was to attend the University of Oregon on a football scholarship. As a warning to families that take young children to see this movie, although the shooting is not shown, the circumstances leading up to the shooting is shown, along with the funeral scene.
  • I really like this movie and it's refreshing to see a film where the teen athletes pray together as a team before each game and have weekly meetings where they read commitment cards to the other players.  The only issue I had with the film is that I keep forgetting the name!  I've called it: The Game Stands Still; the movie with a cute guy from The Hunger Games; and something, something, Game, something, something...
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