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Best High School Football Film Ever?????

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Initial post: Oct 25, 2009 12:48:37 PM PDT
what is your vote?

THE LAST GAME is my vote (ESPN)


Posted on Oct 29, 2009 8:35:37 PM PDT
Hmmm. Friday Night Lights isn't a patch on the book, but it's pretty darn good.

I don't know that The Great Football Movie has been made; for some reason football doesn't quite seem to translate across to film as nicely as baseball does.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 10:24:31 PM PDT
Darren Pare says:
I liked Friday Night Lights but like Mr. Bad Example I don't know if it was great.

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Posted on Nov 5, 2009 1:25:01 AM PST
Tac says:
Just saw a sneak preview of The Blind Side: that's a WONDERFUL film.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 6:20:53 AM PST
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CDC says:
I love love love "Remember the Titans." One of the few movies I can watch again and again and still enjoy.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 7:05:10 PM PST
Irish Girl says:
Remember the Titans

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 1:21:51 PM PDT
REMEMBER THE TITANS! I can watch the scence of,"We are going to blitz all night!" again, and again. However, I would put THE BLIND SIDE right there also. Sandra Bullock does a great job!

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 3:29:00 PM PDT
Remember the Titans is a great movie that I love to watch every now and than as well. So far that has my vote for the best movie but if my book ever gets made into a movie it will take high school football movies to a different level. We were the toughest, meanest high school football program to play the game from 1974 - 2000 before the school board made changes to the way things were done at "THE FO". The Slap, the Streak,and the Fans plus players like Ronnie Lott and Anthony Munoz who played against our school in high school never forgot those days, in one of the oldest league's in the state of California. Lott even talks about it in the book of the SF 49ers on page 34 the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. For now the best movie has to be Remember the Titans with Friday Night Lights in a close second.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 7:24:33 PM PDT
All the Right Moves

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2010 3:28:55 PM PDT
Bryce Jerlow says:

I too name REMEMBER THE TITANS as number one.
I too name FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS at number two.

Without benefit of Ronny Lott's book, pray tell what HS you went to? I see you are in Redlands now. I would guess your HS was closer to Montclair, but can not put "THE FO" in context. Will you please be specific re your HS? A 26 year run is dynamite.

I would guess you are a USC fan also. So was a former HS coach of Bishop Amat HS. John McKay!


Posted on Apr 20, 2010 4:54:24 PM PDT
What was that one with Tom Cruise and Craig Nelson (as the coach before Coach). It was cheesy but entertaining? Remember the Titans was good but I found Friday Night Lights a little uninvolving.

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2010 11:32:32 AM PDT
T. Kanous says:
Dan Yanklowski's high school football highlight film..... "The Catch"....

discussion over.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2010 3:33:01 PM PDT
Susan, good choice. All the Right Moves definitely gets my vote.

Posted on May 8, 2010 2:16:47 AM PDT
Varsity Blues!!!!!

Posted on May 26, 2010 9:25:16 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 26, 2010 11:23:04 AM PDT
Remember The Titans.

Great movie and it shows how stupid racism is.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 1:55:58 PM PDT
I hope it is the movie made from my novel, Advantage Disadvantage. It is a story of greed and corruption of the adults surrounding a Chicago high school basketball phenom. The screenplay (renamed "Ballers" is half completed, and I have high hopes that you can see it soon on the big screen!

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Posted on Aug 26, 2010 2:21:29 PM PDT
"Wildcats" - starring Goldie Hawn, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes.

"Friday Night Lights' didn't really grab me as a movie, but I absolutely love the TV show.

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Posted on Sep 3, 2010 7:11:06 PM PDT
whatever says:
Remember the Titans gets one more vote.
One I hate to admit i liked is Varsity Blues. I liked it but it was too goofy in a lot of spots.
Friday Night Lights was too much of a documentary, good movie but it felt more like one of those NFL Hard Knocks shows.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 9:39:30 PM PDT
ags4ever says:
If Jim Dent's book "Twelve Mighty Orphans" ever makes it to the big screen, I believe that story would make that film the best High School football movie of all time. The book outshines the book version of Friday Night Lights hands down. (and I loved that book--and the movie version too. Solely because I got to watch Midland Lee beat Odessa Permian again). Remember the Titans was good. Guess which high school football team was ranked no. 1 in the nation the year covered by the movie Remember the Titans? Answer: Robert E. Lee High School, Midland, Texas!

"Twelve Mighty Orphans" is the story of the "Mighty Mites" of Fort Worth's Masonic Home. A high school that, despite never having more than about 250 students during the time frame covered by the book (1927 through 1942) regularly played against, and beat more times than not, Texas high schools with enrollments three to six times as large. Very rarely fielded more than 12 to 14 players on any given weekend. Very rarely outweighed any of its opponents (in fact, generally was outweighed anywhere from 15 to 35 pounds per man), but still managed a winning record against all comers. some of the players were tough as nails. they were orphans, whose daddies had been members of the Masons. The "Mighty Mites" attracted followers from coast to coast. They were always the underdogs. but they won for nearly 13 straight years. The story is a tribute to their coach during that time Rusty Russell. the man credited with inventing what is now called the "west coast offense" or the "spread offense"

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 11:46:29 AM PDT
AJA says:
Blood Sport (1973).
This was a made-for-TV movie which starred a very young Gary Busey as a hot-shot high school QB, the late great character actor Ben Johnson as his hard-driving father, and Larry Hagman as Busey's win-at-all-cost coach. Several interesting threads run through the plot of this movie: the high-pressured recruiting process of star high school athletes by D-I colleges; parents living through the exploits of their children; and what price winning.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 2:25:20 PM PDT
We Are Marshall is an amazing movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 4:27:30 PM PDT
AJA says:
Um, Marshall is a university, not a high school.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2012 12:13:55 AM PDT
My apologies. Being English I didn't really get that side of it. Great movie though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2012 10:38:10 AM PDT
AJA says:
No need to apologize. My comment was not meant as criticism; just pointing out a fact. :)
I too enjoyed the movie.
Unfortunately for Coach Lengyel (the man played by Matthew McConaughey), things did not go so well for him at Marshall. He suffered through four losing seasons before being replaced as head coach. The football team would continue to struggle until the late 1980's when a couple of different head coaches turned it around and the Thundering Herd became a very strong football program throughout the 90's before gradually slipping into mediocrity once again.
Bit of trivia: among Marshall's alumni are Billy Crystal and Soupy Sales.
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