Friday Night Lights Poster

Release Date: October 8th, 2004

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2005

PG-13|1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary
A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles (Derek Luke), is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) to instill in the other team members -- and, by proxy, the town itself -- a sense of self-respect and honor.

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw, Connie Britton, Lee Thompson Young

Director: Peter Berg

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Imagine Entertainment

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Quest, 1980s, Rousing, Underdog, Rivalry, Girlfriend, Emotional

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  • A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller. show more

  • The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights. Berg and cinematographer Tobias Schliessler get up close to the action, catching the hits and miscues in all their violent urgency. show more

  • For all its energy, fine performances and dramatic confrontations, Friday Night Lights substitutes intensity for insight, dodging the book's harsher findings like a dazzling broken-field runner.

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