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Friday Night Lights
Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black
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Overview

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.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Peter Berg - Director
Billy Bob Thornton
Lucas Black
Garrett Hedlund
Derek Luke
Jay Hernandez
Aaron Babino
Aisha Schliessler
B.T. Stone
Barney Welch
Barry Sykes

Details

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen)
  • 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: January 2005

Movie Reviews

Notes:
THEATRICAL RELEASE: OCTOBER 8, 2004

Reviews:
"[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

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