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Release Date: December 15th, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 18th, 2003

R|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
Roy (Ryan Gosling) gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground. It is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence. Enter Gideon (David Morse), a loner living on the roughneck fringe who is looking for gamers - kids who scrap hard - to play on his six-man football squad. Roy joins the Renegades, and he and Gideon enter into tenuous friendship that pushes the limits of male bonding.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, David Morse, David Cale, Eddie Spears, Kelly Lynch, Amy Adams

Director: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Samuel Goldwyn Production

Keywords: Small town, Best friend, Love interest, Growing up, 2000s, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A good-looking, if imperfectly plotted, coming-of-age feature -- that doesn't quite manage to sidestep the clichéd sport-as-metaphor-for-life trap. show more

  • What it offers are dozens of intimate moments that feel so true, they achieve a rare kind of grace. This sensitive indie drama was written and directed by brothers - and first-time feature filmmakers. show more

  • This well-acted melodrama paints a convincing portrait of its Montana milieu, and its best scenes suggest real insights into the paradoxical attitudes toward masculinity and sexuality that American men often feel compelled to assume. show more

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