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The 5th Quarter (2010)

Ryan Merriman , Aidan Quinn , Rick Bieber  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Merriman, Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, Andrea Powell, Anessa Ramsey
  • Directors: Rick Bieber
  • Writers: Rick Bieber
  • Producers: Rick Bieber, Alan Cohen, Doug Ames, Ryan Johnston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00553K9IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The 5th Quarter" on IMDb

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A tight-knit family triumphs over adversity in this inspirational, if clunky sports story. Tragedy enters the lives of Georgia's Abbate family when 15-year-old Luke suffers a devastating brain injury in a senseless car crash. His older brother, Jon (Ryan Merriman, recalling Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights), a linebacker for Wake Forest University, rushes home to join Steven (Aidan Quinn) and Maryanne (Andie MacDowell) by Luke's side, where they learn that he'll never recover, so they take him off life support. With the encouragement of his parents and surviving siblings, Jon returns to North Carolina, but Luke is always on his mind (he even adopts his brother's "5" for his jersey). After a rough beginning, he starts playing better than ever, and goes on to lead the low-ranked Demon Deacons to the most successful season in the school's history. He also meets a young mother who got a new lease on life because of the loved one he lost. And that's pretty much all there is to it, not counting Maryanne's brief battle with depression and Steven's bouts of denial. Inspired by a true story, The 5th Quarter is unabashedly sentimental, chock-full of clichés, and smothered in sappy ballads, but its intentions seem sufficiently honorable: to encourage organ donation and to discourage reckless driving (for which Luke was not responsible). Of the leads, Merriman and MacDowell, a natural-born Southerner, acquit themselves adequately, so it's too bad that Quinn has to overact so wildly. Sometimes subtlety speaks louder than strident gesticulations. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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In the spirit of The Blind Side comes this inspiring true story of family, faith and football. Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell deliver emotionally stirring performances as the mother and father of Jon Abbate, a rising football star at Wake Forest University. Their lives are suddenly shattered when the family's youngest son, Luke, is killed in a tragic accident. Inspired by Luke's memory, Jon courageously leads the Wake Forest team to a series of last-minute victories - leading to a thrilling climax that will 'make you stand up and cheer!' (NYC Movie Guru).

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch October 1, 2011
By Shar
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I must admit, the movie wasn't anything like I was expecting. It was more and so meaningful to watch how families deal with such a tragic loss in their lives. I have often made the comment that when tradegy hits one family and their lives, I do not how people who do not have Christ in their lives can deal with all that goes on. Your life will truly be blessed by watching this movie.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Fan August 11, 2011
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I have been a Wake Forest fan for years and remember when this tragic yet inspiring story happened. The movie captures everything so well that you can't help but feel for the Abbate family. It's such a touching story of how someone so young can affect so many people and the obstacles that the family had to overcome. I remember when the crowd would put up 5 fingers at the start of every 4th quarter and how it felt to be a united community around the family. And how the football team came together and were able to overcome the preseason disappointment of being picked to finish last in the conference. This movie is very inspiring and I highly recommend it to anyone. GO DEACS!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! October 23, 2011
By Jenn77
I am going to see this movie again. I cried a lot through this movie but it was so inspiring. This movie to me is what you should get out of a movie. It has meaning, family relationship,strength, and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078 November 24, 2013
February 13, 2006, was a normal winter's day in a small suburb of Atlanta. Luke Abbate, a 15 year old High School Lacrosse star, accepts a ride home from a teammate. On the way the new driver decides to show off his driving skills by flying down the street at 90 MPH, when he loses control of the car. The car flies about 70 feet, injuring all the passengers and killing young Luke. It's a nightmare story that all families fear, when their kids start driving, the only difference about Luke's story is that it really happened. The 5th Quarter is a film dedicated to Luke's memory and tells the story of his family in the wake of such tragedy. As the film plays out, it starts to lean away from tragedy and toward triumph, the triumph of the 2006 Wake Forrest Championship Football team. There captain was John Abbate, Luke's brother. The team was supposed to finish dead last, but wound up having a miracle season. It is a story that was so well done, that it couldn't have been anything but a true story. I don't think any writer could have thought of a story like this. Ryan Merriman stars, once again in a sports drama, and of all his performances that I've seen, this had to be the strongest. Not only does he show tremendous athletic ability, but he takes the audience of a roller-coaster ride of emotion. Merriman was so good, that he even had a cold hearted cynic like myself, tearing up. Aidan Quinn and Andie McDowell play the matriarchs of the Abbate family, giving outstanding performances. They made the audience see and feel just what it was like for the Abbate family. Most films are meant to entertain, but the 5th Quarter does more than entertain, it tells a very important story and actually makes you feel something for the tragedies and hardships of other people. I was expecting to see a sports movies, instead I saw something that really made me think. Only the best the big screen has to offer can make you both think and feel for the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This could have been such a good movie but everything was just plain awful.
It tries again and again to hit you in the face with heart-felt after after heatfelt scene that (and no disrespect to the family that this film is based on) it just starts to bore you. The director seems to be able to take something that would normally make you emotional and turn it into something silly and I couldn't help but laugh at it. Characters are introduced and dropped as quickly as they appeared.
When I said earlier that the acting was poor, I meant more of the fact that it just simply isn't how people would normally act in these circumstances. Yes, they would be crying, and yes, they would be angry but what these actors are doing doesn't ring true and I can't explain why. Maybe it's because you can feel the director forcing these actors to say and do things more so that they can get a dramatic effect rather than a realistic one. When you are watching a film your not supposed to feel the director's voice dictating every single movement, you're supposed to feel like your watching something real and you are part of it.
Overall, I hated this film, and I hate that I hated it because it's a true story, but it seems more that this film was made more for the sake of money rather than the sake of giving justice to the family that actually suffered through these events.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5th Quarter November 17, 2011
Loved this movie!! I never cry when I watch movies but not the case with this one. It was 10 times better than I expected and highly recommend it! Great Christmas present. Every teenager should be required to watch it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the 5th quarter September 6, 2011
By Linda M
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The DVD arrived within two days...great service. Good family movie, would like to see more movies like this one. Hope more family viewing will come around
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful film November 1, 2011
By JayeJoe
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This is a very touching movie. It's a remarkable true story about a family overcoming a family's worst nightmare. A must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Aidan Quinn played his role tremendously well. I think ...
Aidan Quinn played his role tremendously well. I think he deserves all 5 stars for hs performance as a father in the film.
Published 9 days ago by Nicole Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
Very good story, moving from the very beginning. Grab some tissue you are going to need it. Bad acting but tolerable since it's based on a true story.
Published 14 days ago by Shopping Snob
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
Love this movie. I am buying it for gifts to give to others because it was so good. Message is wonderful. We should all help others and tell our story of our pain ! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Judy A Clark Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars mom of ten
Perfect christian dove approved movie showing love and commitment between a family in the mist of a crisis. A must dvd to add to your collection .
Published 22 days ago by Jennifer alberth
5.0 out of 5 stars Over the top Fantastic
This was a great movie. Heart wrenching, emotional a real tear jerker. Get the hankie out Based on a true story
Published 22 days ago by Francine Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and inspiring!
To anyone who has ever experienced heartbreaking loss, The 5th Quarter will deeply move and inspire your heart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rebekah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
I recently saw the movie and knew I had to have it for my library. It is a sad/wonderful true story about a family who has to deal with a devastating situation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Bloem
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This movie was a tear jerking movie with a great storyline and the best part is one of the football players in the movie was from my hometown. Read more
Published 1 month ago by journee
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a very very insperational movie I loved it I cried I will...
I will tell people from Church and let them know how good it is also friends and family and neibghors
Published 3 months ago by Loretta L. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love family films and this one is fabulous. It shows the dangers of being in a car with a reckless driver and the fall out after the fact. Very touching heart tugging movie! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suedelady
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