12 Mighty Orphans

2021, Drama/History, 1h 58m

71 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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12 Mighty Orphans will rouse faithful fans of old-fashioned inspirational sports dramas, but the target audience has seen this sort of thing done more effectively before. Read critic reviews

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12 MIGHTY ORPHANS tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn't beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

Cast & Crew

Luke Wilson
Rusty Russell
Vinessa Shaw
Juanita Russell
Wayne Knight
Frank Wynn
Ty Roberts
Screenwriter
Lane Garrison
Screenwriter
Kevin Meyer
Screenwriter
Ekaterina Baker
Executive Producer
Matt Barr
Executive Producer
J. Todd Harris
Executive Producer
Ryan R. Johnson
Executive Producer
David McFarland
Cinematographer
James K. Crouch
Film Editor
Mark Orton
Original Music
Drew Boughton
Production Design
Scott Colquitt
Art Director
Bryan Venegas
Set Decoration
Juliana Hoffpauir
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