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The 5th Quarter (2011)

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In February 2006, young Luke Abbate accepted a ride home from a fellow student following his high-school team practice. In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below. Luke suffered irreparable brain damage, and died in the hospital two days later - just four days before

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Aug 30, 2011

$0.4M

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This real-life football story fumbles the ball at every decisive juncture.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The film is poorly written and directed at the most basic levels.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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It scores points for being that rare "faith based film" to show a little edge.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A well-acted drama that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally as well as intellectually. It will make you stand up and cheer.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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The 5th Quarter confuses sympathy for empathy. This story deserves better than this amateurish production.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
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Audience Reviews for The 5th Quarter

Drama based on real events...Good lord this movie went for the tears!! and it got plenty from me! I have to admit that tearful moments seemed to be the agenda of this movie, but I have to applaud them for all their efforts. I thought that they tried very hard to make a really decent, very meaningful movie, and succeeded. A very nice tribute to a young man lost too soon....
December 3, 2012
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Cast:Ryan Merriman, Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, Andrea Powell, Jillian Batherson, Anessa Ramsey, Bonnie Johnson, Michael Harding, Patrick Stogner

Director:Rick Bieber

Summary: In the wake of a car crash that killed his 15-year-old brother, Luke, football player Jon Abbate (Ryan Merriman) returns to Wake Forest University with renewed purpose and leads his struggling team to its most successful season ever. Along the way, Jon and Luke's compelling story grabs headlines and leads to a new Wake Forest tradition in the stands. The inspiring true story also stars Andie MacDowell and Aidan Quinn as Jon's parents.

My Thoughts: "The events that happen are very tragic and absolutely a parents worse nightmare. That being said, the film itself wasn't done as well as it could have been and that has to do more with the script then anything. Plus most of the extra actor's are people who knew the family and not real actors. So that made some of the performances stiff and not believable. The directing wasn't that great either. They left a lot of holes in the story which there was enough time to where the holes could have been filled if the film was written better. Still it doesn't take away what a tragic story this is and how strong the family it happened to is. It is a story worth telling."
November 8, 2011
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What a tearjerker. This felt totally manipulative, milking every tear out of an admittedly tragic situation, the death of the youngest son in a close-knit family. Andie MacDowell and Aidan Quinn star, but how many times can we watch the father deal with every new reminder of the son who is no longer there before the melodrama meter goes off the charts? This might have been meant as an inspirational story but a much lighter hand was sorely lacking. While this may have been based on a real story, the treatment here made it feel less real than it should have. And that is too bad.
December 21, 2011
Mark Abell

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February 13, 2006, was a normal winter's day in a small suburb of Atlanta. Luke Abbate, a 15 year old High School Lacrosse star, accepts a ride home from a teammate. On the way the new driver decides to show off his driving skills by flying down the street at 90 MPH, when he loses control of the car. The car flies about 70 feet, injuring all the passengers and killing young Luke. It's a nightmare story that all families fear, when their kids start driving, the only difference about Luke's story is that it really happened. The 5th Quarter is a film dedicated to Luke's memory and tells the story of his family in the wake of such tragedy. As the film plays out, it starts to lean away from tragedy and toward triumph, the triumph of the 2006 Wake Forrest Championship Football team. There captain was John Abbate, Luke's brother. The team was supposed to finish dead last, but wound up having a miracle season. It is a story that was so well done, that it couldn't have been anything but a true story. I don't think any writer could have thought of a story like this. Ryan Merriman stars, once again in a sports drama, and of all his performances that I've seen, this had to be the strongest. Not only does he show tremendous athletic ability, but he takes the audience of a roller-coaster ride of emotion. Merriman was so good, that he even had a cold hearted cynic like myself, tearing up. Aidan Quinn and Andie McDowell play the matriarchs of the Abbate family, giving outstanding performances. They made the audience see and feel just what it was like for the Abbate family. Most films are meant to entertain, but the 5th Quarter does more than entertain, it tells a very important story and actually makes you feel something for the tragedies and hardships of other people. I was expecting to see a sports movies, instead I saw something that really made me think. Only the best the big screen has to offer can make you both think and feel for the characters.
November 24, 2013
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