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Forever Strong (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 26 September 2008 (USA)
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A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.

Director:

Ryan Little

Writers:

David Pliler, Dony West (song)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Coach Larry Gelwix
Sean Astin ... Marcus Tate
Neal McDonough ... Coach Richard Penning
Sean Faris ... Rick Penning
Julie Warner ... Natalie Penning
Penn Badgley ... Lars
Eliot Schwartz Eliot Schwartz ... Marty (as Eliot Benjamin)
Michael J. Pagan ... Kurt
Nathan West ... Quentin
Max Kasch ... Griggs
Arielle Kebbel ... Emily
Kepa Kruse ... Tumo (as John Kepa Kruse)
Junior Salt Junior Salt ... Peeta
Jeremy Earl ... Sanchez
Larry Bagby ... Coach Cal
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Storyline

Rick Penning, the 17-year-old star player on his coach/father's rugby team, lands inside the Wasatch County Juvenile Detention Center following his second drunk driving conviction (and where his father leaves him to rot). Mistrust and dislike of the situation makes Rick anything but a model prisoner, but counselors at the center nonetheless hook him up with the Highland Rugby Team, a team renowned for its long string of successive state championships. Its coach, Larry Gelwix, has a surprisingly unexpected philosophy: train boys to be champions in life first, then on the field. Rick doesn't buy into this, which could earn him some time in State Prison if he doesn't turn his life and attitude around by the time he turns 18. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Movie Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Ryan Little Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Provo, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$719,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$719,556
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Larry Gelwix participated in the film as both a cast member (referee #4), and as the film's Rugby technical advisor, also receiving a "special thanks" credit in the end titles. His daughter, Jenny Gelwix, also participated in the film, as the Rugby wardrobe coordinator. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Rick angrily charges at a sideline bench, there are people right next to it. When the camera switches to show Rick kicking down the bench, the people have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Rick Penning: I don't get it. You know exactly why I'm here and you still act like you care. I'm just a no good spy who cheap-shotted your star player last year.
Coach Larry Gelwix: First of all, I attribute that cheap shot to your coach, not you; and, second, let's focus on where you could end up, not where you were or are; and - God doesn't make a no-good ANYTHING. You just got to learn to listen and pay attention to that spirit inside you. And learning to listen - that takes a lot of discipline.
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Crazy Credits

"It's not about Rugby, it's about young men. It's not about building a championship team, it's about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong." - Larry Gelwix See more »

Connections

Spin-off Larry Gelwix: No Regrets (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Make Me Dance
Written by Jeff Hinton and Quint Randle
Performed by Joshua Creek
Courtesy of Covenant Communications, INC.
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All good! Must see!
6 December 2009 | by a_vionaSee all my reviews

I just watched it last night and it was great.I can see why some ppl have ill feelings towards it from a rugby fan and maori culture point of view but other than that I have no idea what's so negative about it. The movie is great. It has a lot of heart. Very inspiring and encouraging to all ages. Great family movie! They did a pretty good job considering that it was a budget movie. I love movies based on true stories/events. I was raised around rugby all my life, it is a great game but I was never really taken to it because (please forgive me if I offend anyone, nothing personal this is just how I saw it) I thought, their trainings are not as ruthless or hard, the players are not as disciplined and don't seemed as serious like other sportmen and it looked like it's all just muscle and blooming tackling each other etc. But after watching Forever strong, I was like, wow! I was proud! It did good things for rugby (well it changed my view of rugby) and also the New Zealnd Haka. I actually cried. I am not even New Zealander and I was proud of their culture. Didn't even know what the chant meant until this movie. The movie is NOT about rugby techniques or rugby, it's not even about New Zealand All Blacks or the Haka or etc......Mother of pearls!!!!! hahaha SHUX!

So to all you beautiful negative ppl, You are missing the point! I am sure if they had the means, it would have been better, the haka is in there because that was part of Highland Rugby culture, tradition or what ever you want to call it.

So any new members on this site such as myself, please don't be put off by those negative comments. See it for yourself! Must see movie! There is a lot you can learn from this movie, ppl of all ages. It definitely makes you want to be a better person and be humble! This movie reminded me of a lot of things that I already know and was raised with but I kinda lost along the way! Loved it! Happy reading ppls and All the best!

Muawha!


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