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Friday Night Lights

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, Girlfriend, Rousing, Underdog, Rivalry, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

    There isn't a bad performance here, but besides Thornton, Luke stands out. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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