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We Are Marshall [Blu-ray]
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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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The plane crash devastated both Marshall University and Huntington, the city in which the school is located. Grief ran particularly deep throughout the university and city, and recovery from the disaster was especially slow and painful. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the university almost discontinued its football program, but eventually decided to field a team for the 1971-72 season. Jack Lengyel was hired to become Marshall's new head football coach, and was tasked with rebuilding from scratch the school's football program.
In 2006, Warner Brothers released "We Are Marshall," an excellent film that dramatizes the events of November 14, 1970, and their aftermath. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, and Ian McShane, and directed by McG, "We Are Marshall" is an excellent film that shows how the people of Marshall University and Huntington, West Virginia were able to persevere and begin rebuilding their lives in the wake of unspeakable calamity.
"We Are Marshall" is a film that must have taken a lot of courage to make, dealing as it does with a profound tragedy that still affects Marshall University and its surrounding community four decades later. "We Are Marshall" tackles its difficult subject matter with good taste, sensitivity, and restraint, while at the same time allowing viewers to understand the full force and impact of the events portrayed.
The film's ensemble cast has much to do with this success. Matthew McConaughey plays Jack Lengyel, the coach who confronts the situation at hand without pretense, but with a certain compassionate toughness; Matthew Fox as Red Dawson, and Anthony Mackie as Nate Ruffin are two men who set aside their grief and guilt for the greater good of the team; David Strathairn is the college president with a distaste for football, who passionately but reluctantly fights for the program's survival; and Ian McShane and Kate Mara portray two fictional community members trying to overcome bitterness as they come to grips with their personal loss. It all adds up to an appropriately low-key approach that allows viewers to understand and feel something of what it must have been like during those tragic days in 1970 and 1971.
"We Are Marshall" is a very good sports movie that successfully portrays the horrific tragedy that suddenly befell a university and its surrounding community. Poignant and dramatic, this remarkable film still manages to maintain a feeling of optimism in the midst of catastrophe. Highly recommended.
An entire football team, coaching staff and athletic department is wiped out in a single plane crash. The team is from a Division II school with a small enrollment, so the pain is almost beyond comprehension. One of the surviving team members who was injured and not on the fateful trip becomes the driving force to reinstate football at Marshall.
How the college, town and people overcame their grief to restore the heritage of success with Marshall football is played out with poignancy and has the viewer cheering them on. I highly recommend this movie for both the historical content and for how the key figures never wavered in their efforts to rebuild. This is an excellent motivational template.
This movie is only slightly about football, It is mostly about how people handle grief and somehow move on with their lives and rebuild their world.
It has no happy ending. The new team does not move on the first year to become league champions. They do manage to win one game, and that is where the movie ends. The real victory lies in that the town does not give in to the grief that is still present, but decides to honour their dead by continuing the football tradition even though they know that it will be many years before they can have a winning team.
Sentimental people should have a full box of kleenex handy. Just when you think the sad part is over, something happens to tear your heart open all over again, just the way it happens in life.
Although this movie brought back the memories of moments of overwhelming grief in my own life, I am not sorry I watched it. By showing how these people handled the grief in their lives, it gave me lessons on how to handle the grief in my own.
I reccommend this movie to every adult in the english-speaking world, but do not expect to come away unscathed. It will hurt. But, it will also heal. It will open scars that you had forgotten you had, but it will expose them to the fresh air of hope and the healing power of time.
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