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HOLLYWOOD THRILLS

Aug. 25, 2014
Aug. 25, 2014

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Aug. 25, 2014

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HOLLYWOOD THRILLS

A new football movie relies on some old plot points

This is an article from the Aug. 25, 2014 issue Original Layout

When the Game Stands Tall (opening on Aug. 22) dramatizes the true story of De La Salle High (Concord, Calif.), which won a U.S. record 151 straight games from 1992 to 2003. "But our movie begins when the winning stops," says actor Jim Caviezel, who portrays coach Bob Ladouceur. "So you see character growth and a fight for redemption." While Caviezel insists it's not a clichéd high school football movie, you also see a crazed fan base, racial and socioeconomic tension, a training montage and, of course, the big playoff game. Sound familiar?

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FILM STUDYWHEN THE GAME STANDS TALLFRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000)
INSPIRATION2004 De La Salle Spartans (Calif.)1988 Permian Panthers (Texas)1971 T.C. WILLIAMS TITANS (VA.)
PROTAGONIST COACHJim Caviezel as Bob LadouceurBilly Bob Thornton as Gary GainesDenzel Washington as Herman Boone
"IT'S MORE THAN JUST A GAME" PEP TALK"It ain't about the football. It ain't about the touchdowns....""Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there....""I'm not gonna talk to you tonight about winnin' and losin'...."
FALLEN HEROLadouceur suffers a heart attack; a beloved former player is killedACL injury derails career of stud running backCar crash paralyzes a popular teammate
NFL CAMEORaiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, a De La Salle alum, has 60 seconds of screen timePermian alum and former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams plays an assistant coach at a rival high schoolWith Denzel, you don't need NFL star power
OVERBEARING FATHERRunning back's dad puts immense pressure on his son to break the state scoring recordFullback's father doesn't think his son is carrying on his legacyStar defensive back's dad demands more playing time for his son, even calling for a team boycott

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France was disqualified after finishing first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the European Championships because he took off his shirt and put it in his mouth as he neared the finish line.

PHOTOTRISTAR PICTURES/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION (WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL)PHOTOUNIVERSAL/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS)PHOTOWALT DISNEY CO./COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION (REMEMBER THE TITANS)PHOTOPETR DAVID JOSEK/AP (MEKHISSI-BANNABAD)SEVEN ILLUSTRATIONS