Friday Night Lights
Universal Studios (2004)
USA / English
Based on the perennial nonfiction bestseller by H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights
looks at high school football in the harsh light of reality, finding heart and hardness while stirring our emotions. Actor-director Peter Berg (Very Bad Things
, The Rundown
) is Bissinger's cousin; he knows the material well, and understands how an obsession with winning turns high school kids into somber, over-pressured gladiators--expendable soldiers in a community war against shame and obscurity. The fact-based story focuses on the 1988 football season of Odessa-Permian high school in West Texas, and as a fast-paced sports movie, Berg delivers the goods with a rousing, frenetically styled crowd-pleaser. But there's darkness in this tale of weary underdogs, including an abusive father (well-played by country music star Tim McGraw), threatening townsfolk, an injured star running back (Derek Luke), a tormented quarterback (Lucas Black), and the melancholy coach (Billy Bob Thornton) who takes his team to the finals. Berg's film could use less flashy cutting and more drama to support its gridiron intensity, but Friday Night Lights
offers a refreshing alternative to the conventional sports movie, and makes a perfect triple-feature with the equally exciting documentaries Go Tigers!
and The Last Game
. --Jeff Shannon
||Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
||ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
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||Action Packed Deleted Scenes
Tim McGraw: Off the Stage-The country music star's transition to the silver screen.
Player Cam: Experience first hand all the action that ensues when 40 actors/athletes live and work together for six wild weeks.
The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers Witness the real Friday Night Lights' players and fans through the eyes of the cast and crew.
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||Thematic issues, sexual content, language, some teen drinking and rough sports action.
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||Hope comes alive
At the end of the movie where Permian is trying to score right before the last play you can see director 'Peter Berg' jumping up and down in the stands. (more) Goofs:
Anachronisms: Numerous players in the movie were seen wearing Under Armour accessories. Under Armour did not appear until 1997. (more) Quotes: Coach Gary Gaines
: [to quarterback Mike Winchell
] You're playing like the village idiot! You want people to think of you as the village idiot? (more) Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations (more)