Based on the best-selling book by H.G. Bissinger, Peter Berg's gritty, powerful drama tells the true story of a small Texas town in which high school football is the only thing that matters. Set in 1988, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS opens on the first day of practice for the Odessa Permian Panthers. Under intense pressure and scrutiny from the town's residents, head coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) nonetheless maintains a calm façade. His star player, Boobie Miles (Derek Luke), is a running back with unlimited potential, but the rest of the team is undersized and lacking killer instinct--especially quarterback Mike Winchell (Lucas Black), who's shy and short of confidence, and Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund), who is tormented by his father (Tim McGraw) for being too soft. When Boobie goes down on opening day with a career threatening knee injury, the season appears to be over. But Gaines won't give up, and neither will the rest of his feisty players.
Billy Bob Thornton delivers another outstanding performance in Berg's impassioned drama, as do the film's young actors (most notably Luke, Black, and Hedlund). Tobias Schliessler's fuel-injected photography and Explosion in the Sky's electrifying score make FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS an even more spectacular movie-going experience.
Sharon Seymour - Production Designer, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
Derek Luke - Actor, ANTWONE FISHER (2002)
Lee Jackson - Actor, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
Explosions in the Sky - Composer, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
Jay Hernandez - Actor, CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL
David Cohen - Screenwriter
David Aaron Cohen - Screenwriter
John Cameron - Co-Producer, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
Colby Parker Jr. - Editor, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
David Rosenbloom - Editor, BEHIND ENEMY LINES (2001)
Brian Grazer - Producer
Tim McGraw - Country Music Performer
Garrett Hedlund - Actor, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
Tobias Schliessler - Director Of Photography
James Whitaker - American DOP\"LET THE DEVIL WEAR BLACK"
Jim Whitaker - American DOP\"LET THE DEVIL WEAR BLACK"
Susan Matheson - Costume Designer, TALLADEGA NIGHTS (2006)
Peter Berg - American actor/director
Peter Winkler Berg - American actor/director
Lucas Black - Child actor - Sling Blade
Lee Thompson Young - American Actor
Billy Bob Thornton - Screenwriter/Actor
H.G. Bissinger - Author, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 118
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 025192547621
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (thematic issues, sexual content, language, some teen drinking, and rough sports action)
- Release Date: May 2006
THEATRICAL RELEASE: OCTOBER 8, 2004
"[A] stringent, stirring real-life drama....Directed with smart, documentary-style briskness..." - 10/15/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.50-1
"One of the best football movies ever, NIGHTS in the end celebrates the game." - 10/08/2004 USA Today, p.1E
"FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is uplifting and troubling, partly because it is more honest than most sports movies about the high cost and short life span of high school football glory." - 10/08/2004 New York Times, p.E8
"The FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS team has invested a lot of energy in the authenticity of the on-field action that dominates the film." - 10/08/2004 USA Today, p.E1
"Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance..." - 10/28/2004 Rolling Stone, p.108
"The movie's football scenes are both realistic and exciting, with genuine moments of suspense - 03/01/2005 Premiere, p.106
"Imbued with the aching sadness of an end-of-summer's evening, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS has more in common with Peter Bogdanovich's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW...than other American football films..." - 06/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.53
"[With] hard-tackling action, this is a solid effort from actor-turned-director Peter Berg." - 10/01/2005 Uncut, p.150