We Are Marshall (2006)



Critic Consensus: Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports.

Movie Info

A true story of tragedy, hope, and resilience comes to the screen in this sports drama. Huntington, WV, is home to Marshall University, a school where college football is a way of life. Huntington is also a town that learned to deal with tragedy in the fall of 1970 when Marshall's "Thundering Herd" boarded an airliner to return home after a football game in North Carolina. The jet crashed into a hill due to bad weather, and 75 members of Marshall's football squad and athletic staff died that … More

Rating: PG (for emotional thematic material, a crash scene, and mild language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jamie Linden
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
Box Office: $43.5M
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as Red Dawson

as President Dedmon

as Annie Cantrell

as Paul Griffen

as Nate Ruffin

as Carole Dawson

as Tom Bogdan

as Mickey Jackson

as Reggie Oliver

as Gene Morehouse

as Shalhoop

as Mrs. Shaw

as Jim McNally

as Steven Morehouse

as Gail Morehouse

as Keith Morehouse

as Terry Gardner

as Bill James

as Randy Linden

as Lloyd Boone

as Lucas Booth

as Hutch Davis

as Chris Griffen

as Doris Stillwell

as Blake Smith

as Mrs. Morehouse

as Bobby Bowden

as George Olson

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as Ernie Salvatore

as Peter Lengyel

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as Julie Lengyel

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as Beer Freshman

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as Baseball Runner

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as Baseball Catcher

as Player No. 3

as Father

as Diner Student No. 1

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as Referee

as Game Announcer

as Player No. 4

as Janitor

as Freshman #3

as Trainer

as Marshall No. 51

as Ticket Taker

as Steel Worker

as Fireman No. 2

as Freshman No. 2

as Barrier Policeman

as Freshman No. 1

as Diner Student No. 2

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Critic Reviews for We Are Marshall

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (37)

McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

...would've benefited from the presence of virtually any other actor in the central role...

Full Review… | November 20, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

We Are Marshall is not a bad movie; it is a potentially nice, familiar movie unfortunately marred by the unspeakably awful performance of Matthew McConaughey.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Aisle Seat

A sentimental, simplistically inspiring movie that leans heavily on Matthew McConaughey's substantial energy and charisma for its success.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007
Apollo Guide

Despite its best intentions, there is much in We Are Marshall that holds it back from being the best it can be.

Full Review… | September 8, 2007
Movie Metropolis

What allows We Are Marshall to stand above many of the other 2006 sports movies is both the undeniable power of the story itself and the strong ensemble McG gathered to tell it.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Audience Reviews for We Are Marshall


Moving and painful. While it is obviously loosely following the real events, even tha tis enought ot make you stand up and salute the town. Indeed We Are Marshall.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


We Are Marshall is an over bearing cliché riddled feel good film that unfortunately doesn't deliver. This is the type of film we've seen many times before. This film doesn't work and is quite tiresome. I really didn't enjoy the film, and was very disappointed in the way it turned out. I was very much looking forward in seeing this film, and when I did, the only thing I noticed was the standard sports clichés set to a real life tragedy. The film did start off well, but afterwards it played on it clichés to deliver its entertainment. The cast seem to overdo their performances on-screen. Overall there is nothing really good to take away from this film. The film is too predictable, and it ends up being another feel good sports drama. There's nothing within the film to really make it a stand out film, and it doesn't break new ground or do anything new in the genre. We Are Marshall is the same old tired out formula that seems to plague sports dramas. With this film, there's really no performance that really stands out. I felt the cast was pretty bland. I felt that considering that this is a true story, there could have been a lot more effort put into it. But in the end, We Are Marshall is a cliché riddled film that simply is no different than any other films in this genre. There are better films out there, than this one. We Are Marshall simply don't deliver anything new or refreshing, something that is much needed in this genre. Expect a film with lots of clichés with this one, and you may not be disappointed. I for one, was, and didn't think too much of this film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Movie based on a true story about a town called Huntingdon who lost their university football team and staff in a tragic plane accident. The president if the school wants to abandon the football programme but some students convince him not to. He employs football coach and assistant coach - two Matthews. Looks at hope from tragedy. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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