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The Rivals

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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The battle will commence on the high school gridiron ... but for two Maine towns from opposite sides of the tracks, the fight is all around them. Rumford is fighting for survival, supported by a slowly dying paper mill. Its championship team is its heart and soul. Cape Elizabeth's coach is fighting to be a winner in a privileged town with no patience for losers. Better equipment and facilities can only take them so far. Both teams are fighting for respect: The blue bloods desperate to prove themselves and the blue collars playing for the only pride their town has left. Champions vs. challengers ... the haves vs. the have nots!

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  • Actors: na
  • Directors: na
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Smithsonian Networks
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00462NFVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By William Edwards on December 2, 2011
THIS FILM IS A COMING-OF-AGE MUST SEE FOR ANYONE INVOLVED IN ANY TYPE OF SPORTING COMPETITION. IT IS SO WELL DONE, HOLLYWOOD COULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN A BETTER SCRIPT. ALTHOUGH NO PROFESSIONAL ACTORS ARE INVOLVED, THE CAST OF CHARACTERS ARE TRULY INSPIRATIONAL. IT EVOLVES FROM THE FIERCE RIVALRY OF TWO OPPOSING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS WHO ARE SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY SEPARATED EXCEPT WHEN THEY MEET ON THE GRIDIRON INTO A PERSONAL STORY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL NOT ACCEPT DEFEAT AND WHO HAVE MATURED SO MUCH BECAUSE OF THIS FIERCE COMPETITION. ONE CANNOT HELP BUT TAKE SIDES FROM THE BEGINNING AND I WAS SO HOPING THAT THE LESS FORTUNATE WOULD PREVAIL. I WILL NOT TELL YOU THE OUTCOME BUT I WILL LET YOU KNOW I WAS AMAZED THAT BY THE END OF THE FILM I REALIZED THERE WERE NO GOOD 0R BAD GUYS IN THIS ONE, THEY WERE ALL WINNERS. THE LEVEL OF THE COMPETITION ALONG WITH A TRULY PERSONAL NARRATIVE HAS MADE THIS MY FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE.
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This film is a wonderful documentary using high school football as the backdrop for a showdown between blue collar student athletes versus white collar student athletes while highlighting societal pressures on both. This is "reality TV" as we peek in on 15 to 18 year-olds struggling with high school and dreaming about their futures. Which of the rival towns are you rooting for...in the end, it may be both.
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For anyone interested in high school sports and the competitive nature of football this is a must see. Well written, directed and produced. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Premier in Waterville in a turn of the century hall. Since I personally know one of the producers I admit to being slightly prejudiced :-) Give it a try!!! Bev D., Oxford, MA
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We bought this for our son-in-law who is a new football coach. We had previously watched this and were impressed with the coaching -- definitely two different techniques. I believe one was much better. It's the story of two teams in two different parts of Maine meeting on the football field. We were impressed enough to buy it as a gift.
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This is one of the most emotionally uplifting yet sad docus ive ever seen. So much heart displayed. It brought back memories of my years attending a then-poorly funded high school in southern Maine (though i was not native to Maine). Look up a tragic story about my school, where in (I forget exactly what year - 15 years or so ago) 5 former HS players committed suicide within a very few years after football ended for them. They could not replicate the glory of their gridiron years and found deadend jobs and other problems to be too much to bear. Though these boys graduated years after me, news of these fellow alumni's fates were hearbreaking to me. The school: Winthrop HS, near Augusta, Maine's capitol.
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