When the Game Stands Tall

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"Its Not How Hard You Fall, Its How You Get Back Up"
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.6  (16,916)
  • 41

When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter and starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, and Michael Chiklis. The movie is based on the true story of the De La Salle High School Spartans, a football team from Concord, California, that had an amazing winning streak of 151 games from 1992 to 2003, an unprecedented achievement in American sports.

The story follows Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), the head coach of the Spartans, who is known for his exceptional leadership skills and unwavering commitment to his players. Ladouceur is a devout Catholic who believes that football is not just a game, but also an opportunity to teach young men important life lessons such as respect, humility, and teamwork. He instills a philosophy of brotherhood among his players, encouraging them to focus on their personal growth and helping others, rather than just winning games.

However, the team's winning streak comes to an end when the Spartans lose to Bellevue High School from Washington State in a highly publicized game that attracts national attention. The loss is devastating for the team, and creates an enormous amount of pressure on Ladouceur, who struggles to find a way to get his team back on track.

The movie explores the bond between the players, as well as the relationships between the players and their families. We see the team members dealing with personal issues, such as a player's struggle with diabetes, another's strained relationship with his father, and the emotional toll the loss takes on the team.

Michael Chiklis delivers a solid performance as Terry Eidson, one of Ladouceur's assistant coaches, who provides a valuable source of support for the team. He is a former player who was injured during a game, and understandingly attests to the long-term consequences of football-related injuries. Alexander Ludwig portrays the team's star player, Chris Ryan, who struggles with his self-discipline and the pressure of being in the spotlight.

The game scenes are shot realistically, with high-quality cinematography that puts the viewer right in the middle of the action. The film is well-written and thought-provoking, with a message about the importance of staying grounded and true to oneself, despite external pressures and obstacles.

Overall, When the Game Stands Tall is a moving and uplifting story that will appeal to both sports fans and movie enthusiasts. It delivers a powerful message about the value of teamwork, discipline, and sacrifice, while inspiring the viewer with the endearing characters and their determination to overcome adversity.

When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 41.

When the Game Stands Tall
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    6.6  (16,916)
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