- 2 hr 5 min
Woodlawn is a movie set in a town in Alabama in 1973. In the movie, black students join a previously white high school as a result of desegregation laws. The desegregation leads to uprisings in the community. Some of the black students join the football team and this leads to racial tensions both within the football team and in the community. The coach of the football team is suddenly faced with a difficult situation as he tries to unite all his players regardless of race. He eventually enlists the help of someone who shares the Christian message of love to the players, and leads them in accepting Jesus. The players also learn to accept each other. In one scene, the players are shown getting up to declare their acceptance of Jesus as savior. In another scene, the multi-racial crowd goes wild when a black player scores a touchdown. The team members also embrace each other on the field and viewers experience the feeling that the love of Christ and enjoyment of the game have transcended race. The film showcases the power of Christ to bring unity where there is division and unrest. It also portrays the struggle of the football team to rise above the racial tensions of the time. As the team members learn to love and accept each other, they also bring a positive influence to the community. At the same time, the movie celebrates America’s love of football, and the unity that a community rooting for the same team can form.