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Welcome to Massillon, Ohio, where high school football is nothing short of religion. For the 33,000 people who live there, football is life--a veritable "cradle to the grave" experience that begins in the maternity ward where coaches make visits to scout
Welcome to Massillon, Ohio, where high school football is nothing short of religion. For the 33,000 people who live there, football is life--a veritable "cradle to the grave" experience that begins in the maternity ward where coaches make visits to scout future linebackers, and ends in a customized football casket emblazoned with the Tigers mascot.
A surprise hit in theaters across the country, Go Tigers! chronicles the 1999 high school football season of the Massillon Tigers. On the heels of a losing year, the Tigers risk losing football in Massillon altogether, as an upcoming vote on a new tax levy is the only thing that will prevent massive budget cuts and the elimination of the football program. With the vote clearly riding on the team's success, it is up to the three co-captains--quarterback Dave Irwin, linebacker Danny Studer, and defensive end Ellery Moore--to ensure that an entire town's hopes and dreams come true. Just three days before the crucial vote is to take place, the Tigers face the biggest game of their lives against archrival McKinley.
In the spirit of such hit films as Remember the Titans and Hoop Dreams, accomplished filmmaker and Massillon native Ken Carlson brings us the real story behind America's hysterical obsession with sports, and for the first time lets us experience that same rush of adrenaline along with a real-life team. With an SRO crowd of screaming fans and a town's future at stake, Go Tigers! is an energetic and absorbing thrill ride not to be missed.
Being from Alabama, I always assumed that the South was unsurpassed its myopic devotion to football. Go Tigers!, therefore, came as something of a shock. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by stoic
I grew up in massillon ohio. it was where i was born and raised. while i may not like football, and i may not have succumbed to the hysteria surrounding the massillon/mckinley... Read morePublished on January 23, 2006 by Amazon Customer
I'm no fan of football, but I like Go Tigers! It's a look at football in small town America. It's both nice and scary to see how the town reacts to the local high school... Read morePublished on October 25, 2005 by chicoer2003
I thought this movie was great. I love watching high school football or just football in all. This shows what OHIO high school football is all about. Read morePublished on July 24, 2005 by Jeremy L. Baldwin
Not to bemoan the people of small town america but i'm glad I had the good fortune to grow up in a big city. Read morePublished on April 14, 2005 by BLEEKER
This is a film about a small town doped up on sports and religion, where kids - and I mean KIDS - play out parts for adults to further adult agendas of competition, superiority,... Read morePublished on January 1, 2005 by crusher
This is one of the most engaging documentaries I have ever seen (and I have watched hundreds). One reason I enjoyed it so much is the absence of narration. Read morePublished on November 22, 2004 by FilmFan
The game footage here is very good, except it is constantly interrupted, and has no continuity. Some of the interviews seem genuine, while others are obviously staged. Read morePublished on November 3, 2004 by Amazon Customer