Friday Night Lights [WS] [DVD] [2004]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (81 out of 81)

Special Features


  • Action-packed deleted scenes
  • Tim McGraw: Off the Stage - the country music star's transition to the silver screen
  • Player cam: experience firsthand all the action that ensues when 40 actors/athletes live and work together for six wild weeks
  • The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers: witness the real Friday Night Lights' players and fans through the eyes of the cast and crew
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Friday Night Lights
H.G. Bissinger's best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that's home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city's economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still erupt into violence on occasion. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian's football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and his boys try to lead the team to victory. As Gaines works to build a winning team in a town where victory is prized above all else, however, his players struggle through the emotional trials common to any teenager and ponder the fact that there is little future in their hometown...and that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph. Friday Night Lights also stars Lucas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, and country singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Billy Bob Thornton
    Billy Bob Thornton - Coach Gary Gaines
  • Derek Luke
    Derek Luke - Boobie Miles
  • Jay Hernandez
    Jay Hernandez - Brian Chavez
  • Lucas Black
    Lucas Black - Mike Winchell
  • Garrett Hedlund
    Garrett Hedlund - Don Billingsley



Overall customer rating

4.7
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great classic movie.. Not just about sports!

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    phoenixgirl
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    This movie is not so much about football as it is a small, economically depressed town in west Texas and its relationship with a high school football team. The team is all the town has and knows. The kids walk around emulating the players and wearing their jerseys, and talk radio revolves around high school football. Life is good when the team wins, and not so good when it loses. Everyone in the town is effected by it. Billy Bob Thornton is a solid performance as Coach Gaines but Tim McGraw was the performance stealer! Highly recommended and not just solely for sports fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic

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    Bigtex
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    Growing up in Texas and playing football, I knew all about Permian and their tradition. The movie doesn't follow exactly what happened (they played Carter in the semi-finals, in Austin. Carter won on the last play, in a rain storm) but the movie tells a great story of how vitally important high school football is in Texas. The actors were outstanding and the movie was enjoyable from start to finish.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great football movie!

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    redandblack6s

    This is a great movie, my wife and I love it! This movie was based on a real football team, in fact, some of the players from the real team have cameos in the movie. Billy Bob Thornton is terrific in this movie! If you're a fan of football (who isn't?), then I highly recommend this movie! Also, some other great football movies I recommend are The Program, Any Given Sunday, We are Marshall, and Varsity Blues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    Alex771
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    Overall, it was a great movie. I'm not a huge football fan, but you don't have to be to enjoy this movie. It has a great cast and a really down to earth, small town vibe, and it was really good. Billy Bob Thornton was great in this role, probably one of his best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best dramatic football movies ever

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    kimac2011

    Good plot to the story, one of the best parts is that you can watch this movie over and over again and won't be boring because it is so emotional. I love watching this movie with family friends or any company. It makes me wish it is football season again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie.

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    Anne
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    I don't usually watch football movies or sports movies. But, my son wanted to watch it for a school report. It was an exciting and interesting movie. I have now watch 3 more sports/football movie. Awesome!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A poignant look at growing up

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    zekebamm
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    This is a good movie, and one that you can watch more than just once and enjoy. It's both funny and dramatic, and paints a poignant picture of growing up in a football culture, and of high school in general.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Suspenseful and exciting

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    KingpinTiger
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    Billy Bob performs well in a movie that is based upon a true story. Motivates the team and its leaders to perform to high expectations. The movie is suspenseful and exciting all the way to the end.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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