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Friday Night Lights

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Original title
Friday Night Lights
Running time
118 min.
United States United States
David Aaron Cohen, Peter Berg (Book: H.G. Bissinger)
David Torn, Brian Reitzell, Explosions in the Sky
Tobias A. Schliessler
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Imagine Entertainment / Universal Pictures
Drama | Sports. American Football. Based On A True Story
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Synopsis / Plot
Based on the book by H.G. Bissinger, "Friday Night Lights" chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship.
A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days -- the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night lights...when the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.
Critics' reviews
  • "Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance in a movie that otherwise goes for the jugular. (...) Berg takes you so deep into the action, you can hear the bones crunch. What Berg's film doesn't do is get you inside the heads of the characters. That was the strength of Bissinger's book. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)"
  • "Friday Night Lights is the "Black Hawk Down" of high school football movies. As exclusively as Ridley Scott's picture was about combat, this film concerns football and nothing but."
  • "The best sports movie for years, as it's not about sport at all. Forget fears of jingoistic grandstanding, this is an un-American all-American tale that deserves attention. (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of four)"
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