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Friday night lights - Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Garrett Hedlund, Peter Berg

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Movie propaganda

Hope comes alive on Friday nights.

Friday night lights chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas USA, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship.

A town for sale, Odessa, Texas USA, has seen better days - the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night lights... when the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.

Friday night lights captures the frenzy of a small town that reveres its school team and their weekly games. With Odessa standing in for places just like it all across America, the film provides an illuminating look at the hoped-for successes and the built-in failures of trying to live the American Dream through the efforts of a group of talented young men.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film football American drama grid iron high school Texas sport team fight coach community

Persons of interest

  • Billy Bob Thornton .... Coach Gary Gaines
  • Lucas Black .... Mike Winchell
  • Garrett Hedlund .... Don Billingsley
  • Derek Luke .... Boobie Miles
  • Jay Hernandez .... Brian Chavez
  • Lee Jackson .... Ivory Christian
  • Lee Thompson Young .... Chris Comer
  • Tim McGraw .... Charles Billingsley
  • Grover Coulson .... LV Miles
  • Connie Britton .... Sharon Gaines
  • Connie Cooper .... Mrs Winchell
  • Kasey Stevens .... Flippy
  • Morgan Farris .... Jennifer Gaines
  • Gavin Grazer .... Trapper
  • Turk Pipkin .... Skip Baldwin
  • Tommy G Kendrick .... Odessa Doctor
  • Brad Leland .... John Aubrey
  • Lillian Langford .... Nancy Aubrey
  • Christian Kane .... Brian
  • HG Buzz Bissinger .... Author: Friday night lights: A town, a team, and a dream
  • David Aaron Cohen .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Berg .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Berg .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Things which I have trouble believing the following facts about USA high school football despite the fact that they're true:

  • Each side consists of two teams (offensive and defensive).
  • Each team has a back-up team.
  • Each back-up team has a back-up team.
  • The head coach has four back-up coaches.
  • And four tacticians.
  • The head coach is a salaried position.
  • The head coach is allowed to scream at his players in a way that would have him arrested if he did it to a stranger.
  • His back-up coaches can do the same thing.
  • The coach controls each play from the sideline, as if he were a player and not an official.
  • High school sport is reported on the radio.
  • And TV.

Friday night lights is pretty much the same film as Varsity blues with a little bit of Remember the Titans and The Slaughter Rule thrown in for added drama. Teenage men playing a violent "game" of full-body-contact football, giving their all to:

  • Escape from their hometown.
  • Get a girl.
  • Get a reputation.
  • Please their violent, overbearing football-freak father.
  • Be the best they can.
  • Hang out with other dudes in the showers.

It's a fun, exciting sport drama but you need to be a bit mad-keen on sports to watch the many shots of teams running around until they hit each other. The end is good, but.

One character calls Grid Iron "The greatest game in the world". I guess that's why only Americans are allowed to play.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level coarse language, mature themes)

Surveillance time

117 minutes (1:57 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 10 March 2005

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