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In 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player on the Woodlawn High School football team. Their dedication to love and unity, in a newly desegregated school filled with racism and hate, leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of superstar, Tony Nathan.
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This, to me, is one of the best movies I've ever seen. And not just for faith based movies...I'm referring to all movies.
Jon Voight's portrayal of Paul "Bear" is brilliant. You can't really define it as only a faith based movie, or a football movie...it's a movie that some would say is just to amazing to be a true story. But that's what makes it so special...because the story being is almost a direct account of what occurred at this high school between 1973-74!
The extra's in the blu-ray have most of the real life counterparts describing what it was like to see their lives being portrayed on the big screen. They all agreed that it was a very accurate depiction of their lives...and how this story unfolded.
I'm not going to tell you the plot, or spoil it in any way. I'd rather you be surprised in the way that I was.
If there was one movie I could recommend to everyone, this would be the one.
It's just that good!
Woodlawn [Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital HD]
Every thing shown in the movie is factual. However, I cannot attest to the things that the movie showed about Coach Bryant as he recruited Tony Nathan.
Set in racially torn Birmingham, Alabama, the film begins with a prologue depicting the attempt by legendary University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant (Jon Voight, strongly playing the iconic role) to ease tensions by inviting the integrated USC team to play in his still largely segregated city.
Cut to three years later, when the Woodlawn high school becomes integrated, with football coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) welcoming the arrival of such talented black players as Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille, making an impressive screen debut). But the team still struggles to compete against their rivals at Banks High School, led by Coach Shorty White