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We Are Marshall (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Matthew Mcconaughey , Matthew Fox , McG  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Mcconaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, Ian McShane, Kate Mara
  • Directors: McG
  • Writers: Jamie Linden, Cory Helms
  • Producers: Jeanne Allgood, William Fayman, Basil Iwanyk
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "We Are Marshall (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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There seems to be no end to beating-the-odds football movies these days, and if they all peak with a breathless moment of anticipation during a clutch play, then We Are Marshall, based on a true story, has plenty of (mostly good) company. Matthew McConaughey plays Jack Lengyel, who becomes head coach--more or less by default--of Marshall University's rebuilding varsity football team in Huntington, W. Va., after the school's 37-member team and coaches (and a number of others) die in a plane crash in the Appalachian Mountains on Nov. 14, 1970. Facing an indifferent college president (David Strathairn) ready to shut the football program down, a morose assistant coach (Matthew Fox), and a charged-up player (Anthony Mackie) who missed the doomed flight due to an injury, Lengyel is faced with fielding a new team and putting the players through their paces. There are the usual, perhaps too-familiar, training montages and field action, but screenwriter Jamie Linden and director McG (Charlie's Angels) also draw some very good performances from the likes of Kate Mara and Ian McShane, contributing to an emotional tapestry conveying a powerful sense of how such a sizable loss affects a small community. --Tom Keogh

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Introduced by director McG, "Legendary Coaches" (37 minutes) has real-life coach Jack Lengyel (portrayed in the film by Matthew McConaughey) recalling his time at Marshall and reading a letter he received from President Nixon. Then five championship coaches discuss their coaching philosophies and overcoming adversity: Bobby Bowden (Florida State football, and also portrayed in the film as the 1971 coach at West Virginia), Pat Summit (Tennessee women's basketball), Lute Olsen (Arizona men's basketball), George Horton (Cal State Fullerton baseball), and John Wooden (UCLA men's basketball). Also included are a current promotional spot for Marshall University and the theatrical trailer. --David Horiuchi

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Return of the Thundering Herd: The Story that Inspired "We Are Marshall"

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Football is a game that knocks you down, then expects you to get back up. Life hit the West Virginia town of Huntington and its Marshall University even harder. When it did, Jack Lengyel came by to help pull them onto their feet by taking the job no one wanted: rebuilding the Marshall football program only months after a plane crash wiped out Marshall's beloved Thundering Herd. Matthew McConaughey portrays Lengyel, the energetic, compassionate coach of inexperienced players whose chances of victory are slim and none. They'll go with the slim. And as they do, their true-life story of heart, healing, and football will thrill and inspire you. It's game day. Time to play till the whistle blows!

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, We are Marshall!! June 2, 2007
Format:DVD
I have lived in Huntington, WV almost my entire life and attended Marshall University. I was a small child when the plane crashed in 1970. I remember, first hand, what our town and community went through after the tragic loss of so many lives. When I first heard that the movie was going to be made, I was both thrilled and trepidatious. Could a big time Hollywood movie capture the real event with integrity, honesty and respect? The answer is a resounding Yes!

McG, McConaughey, Fox and the rest of the cast and crew treated our story with all of that and more. The movie is historically accurate, (thanks to a great script by Jamie Linden) the acting is excellent, the soundtrack is fabulous, and McG - thank you for filming a good portion of this movie in Huntington!

This movie was not only "necessary" but a story that applies to so many other "rise from the ashes" events in our world today. I know it would seem easy for me to love this movie because I lived it, but my adoration for this film actually comes from the efforts and dedication that the film makers put into this project. They took a true story and made it into a movie that can touch the heart of anyone who sees it.

For those critics who spend too much time focusing on the "pacing," and "spirituality" or other minutia, you're missing the point. This isn't a film for pretentious, overly analytical critics or Sunday School debate. Enjoy this film for what it is. It was intended to share an uplifting and heart-warming true story and to evoke understanding, empathy, courage and determination. If you have any humanity in you, you will like this movie! GO HERD! WE ARE MARSHALL!!
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Story of America's Greatest Sports Tragedy January 1, 2007
On November 14, 1970, an airplane carrying the Marshall University football team, coaches, and many prominent supporters crashed with all aboard killed. This movie portrays what happened to those left behind and how they rose from the ashes of this disaster and resurrected the football team.

Since everyone knows what is in store, the first part of the movie is especially poignant as you meet the players and know their lives are destined to end far too early. What a typical moviegoer might not be familiar with is the character of Jack Lengyel, a man who was the only one willing to come forward and try to salvage the football program. Matthew McMcConaughey gives a stirring performance as Coach Lengyel as does Matthew Fox as Red Dawson, the assistant coach who gives up his seat at the last minute to another person. The guilt of being a survivor eats at him and nearly destroys his life.

Emotional, uplifting, and enjoyable....this movie manages to honor those who died and those who picked up the pieces and restored pride to Marshall.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, simplistic, rewarding! September 16, 2007
Format:DVD
I remember clearly, as a high school junior, the shock and loss that the crash of the aircraft carrying the Marshall University football team invested on a nation. The town, the college, and those left behind must have suffered so. It has taken 25 years to portray that loss on film, and the December film, "We Are Marshall", while not living up to its promise as one of the years "awardable" movies, was nevertheless a moving film experience.

The film deals briefly with the events leading up to the crash, and then in depth with the different ways that those affiliated with the school grieve and start over again. Star athlete Nate Ruffin (Anthony Mackie) is stunned at the fact that he wasn't on the plane, due to injury, and that his legacy is to pick up where the team left off and start over again. His faith in that new start never waivers. Unlike Ruffin, the school's administration and its president Donald Dedmon (the always excellent David Strathairn)
are more realistic. They can't recruit, can't play freshman, can't rebuild right away. The school is small and although "The Thundering Herd" were important to students, alumni and faculty alike, the task is insurmountable. They will suspend the program for a few years to give everyone a chance to recover.

The student body has a different plan, and their outrage presents Dedmon with the need to try. He can't find a coach and has to settle for a virtual unknown from the College of Wooster. Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey, complete with greasy hair in an unlikely length and clothes of plaid polyester) accepts the challenge He's just savvy and stubborn enough to make it work, to reformat and refashion a team of sorts, and even to talk former recruiting scout, Red Dawson (Matthew Fox) into returning as an assistant coach.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Are Marshall....Indeed February 9, 2007
This is one of the very best movies I have seen....I'm not a sports fan, but it appealed to me from a historic perspective....We were teenagers and kids when the crash happened, and I was interested in seeing how they handled it....Gotta tell ya, I think they did a fantastic job....You could have heard a pin drop {on the carpet} during the whole thing....So rare nowadays to have such utter silence all thru a movie, but I think it showed the respect of the movie-goers for the story and the loss as well as the resurrection of a whole generation....Cudos to all involved and I can't wait to get the DVD in my collection....I only wish my father had lived to see it with us....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the will to rise from the ashes
this is based on a true story - a high school football team is killed in a plane crash and now the very essence of the school is fighting for survival. Read more
Published 6 days ago by C. Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
A heart felt and touching story, the movie captured what it must have been like to be in West Virginia during that unbelievable tragedy
Published 13 days ago by isaac gindi
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
that brought to life a very tragic event during the 1970s. Loved Matthew Mcconaughey's low-key role in this little-known movie.
Published 14 days ago by C. Warncke
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
My son told me to watch this because it was in his list of too 10 sports movies and I was glad he did. True story about a grat team.
Published 19 days ago by Lynda A Cann
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and touching
Enjoyed the movie alot. Matthew McConaughey is really good in this movie. This is second time we have watched it. This viewing was triggered by Matt's Academy Award.
Published 28 days ago by S. Kettle
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie!
It's heartwarming to see what coming together in tragedy can do ... in this case it changed a whole town! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Judee Ausnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It is amazing the tragedy they overcame and the heartaches they overcame to get here they are today. Excellent! Excellent!!
Published 1 month ago by Amber Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring.
This movie can't be put into words....- that's WHY they made it a MOVIE. And in case you were wondering, "The funerals end today!"
Published 1 month ago by C. Kaal Glazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Moving emotional uplifting entertaining powerful inspirational sometimes funny movie for the whole family about a true story would watch again
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I enjoyed watching this movie about a school rebuilding a football team following a tragedy. Very enjoyable movie and will watch it again and again.
Published 1 month ago by kathy c
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