A new football movie relies on some old plot points
When the Game Stands Tall (opening on Aug. 22) dramatizes the true story of De La Salle High (Concord, Calif.), which won a U.S. record 151 straight games from 1992 to 2003. "But our movie begins when the winning stops," says actor Jim Caviezel, who portrays coach Bob Ladouceur. "So you see character growth and a fight for redemption." While Caviezel insists it's not a clichéd high school football movie, you also see a crazed fan base, racial and socioeconomic tension, a training montage and, of course, the big playoff game. Sound familiar?
WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000)
2004 De La Salle Spartans (Calif.)
1988 Permian Panthers (Texas)
1971 T.C. WILLIAMS TITANS (VA.)
Jim Caviezel as Bob Ladouceur
Billy Bob Thornton as Gary Gaines
Denzel Washington as Herman Boone
"IT'S MORE THAN JUST A GAME" PEP TALK
"It ain't about the football. It ain't about the touchdowns...."
"Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there...."
"I'm not gonna talk to you tonight about winnin' and losin'...."
Ladouceur suffers a heart attack; a beloved former player is killed
ACL injury derails career of stud running back
Car crash paralyzes a popular teammate
Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, a De La Salle alum, has 60 seconds of screen time
Permian alum and former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams plays an assistant coach at a rival high school
With Denzel, you don't need NFL star power
Running back's dad puts immense pressure on his son to break the state scoring record
Fullback's father doesn't think his son is carrying on his legacy
Star defensive back's dad demands more playing time for his son, even calling for a team boycott
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France was disqualified after finishing first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the European Championships because he took off his shirt and put it in his mouth as he neared the finish line.
TRISTAR PICTURES/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION (WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL)
UNIVERSAL/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS)
WALT DISNEY CO./COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION (REMEMBER THE TITANS)
PETR DAVID JOSEK/AP (MEKHISSI-BANNABAD)