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Woodlawn (2015)

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A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

Directors:

Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

Writers:

Jon Erwin, Todd Gerelds (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Hank Erwin
Nic Bishop ... Tandy Gerelds
Caleb Castille ... Tony Nathan
Sherri Shepherd ... Momma Nathan
Jon Voight ... Paul Bryant
Joy Brunson ... Johnnie
Lance E. Nichols ... Junior (as Lance Nichols)
DeVon Franklin ... Preacher
C. Thomas Howell ... Shorty
Kevin Sizemore ... Jerry Stearns
Brett Rice ... Whitehurst
Virginia Williams ... Debbie
Brando Eaton ... Morton
Richard Kohnke ... Jeff Rutledge
Jet Jurgensmeyer ... Todd
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Storyline

When Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama is controversially desegregated in 1973, Tony Nathan, a gifted black high school football player, joins the school's predominantly white football team along with several other black players. The coach, Tandy Gerelds, tells the team to use their shared anger to unite them, but black and white players clash on and off the field. After a riot at the school, Gerelds consents to allowing traveling sports chaplain Hank Erwin to speak to the team as a "motivational speaker". Hank's speech moves nearly the entire team to accept Hank's invitation to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and join together in prayer. Gerelds does not accept the invitation, and is unsure what to make of the event..

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Taglines:

One Hope. One Truth. One Way (John 14:6)

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including some racial tension/violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A futball hite See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,002,226, 18 October 2015

Gross USA:

$14,394,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,401,617
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Caleb's father Jeremiah played cornerback for the Denver Broncos, and he himself went to Alabama as well. See more »

Goofs

Whilst the game scores are correctly shown on the blackboard and at the football fields, the order of the games and dates listed differ to the actual events that occurred in 1973. See more »

Quotes

Tandy Gerelds: Adversity is the crucible for greatness.
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Connections

Featured in One: The Woodlawn Study: Who Is Your Team? (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Edward King, Gary Rossington, and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of The MCA Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This movie does not disappoint
21 October 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

This was one of two football movies coming out at the same time. The other was My All American. Being football movies they do have a similar concept, but while My All American seems to be about an underdog overcoming his physical condition, In Woodlawn, the underdogs use faith to over come their challenges, the biggest one being off the field...Segregation.

Based on a true story of a high school football team that fought segregation with the help of Christ. I'm not that big of a fan of faith based films, and this movie is faith base. It seemed too easy, even to the coach of the high school team, for these teenagers, who haven't even wrapped around their heads going to an non-segregated school, to somehow band together through the love of Jesus, but who am I to argue with the touching moments that occurred through those scenes (maybe that's how it happen?).

For me, the best part of the movie was the football. The way the camera moves within the players on the football field was hands down spectacular. I don't think I've ever seen a football movie filmed in such a matter. I felt closer to the grid Iron than I ever did watching a film.

Overall, it's an amazing story about how Jesus united blacks and whites in a place in Alabama on a football field. Go to watch the football, stay for the inspiring message.


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