Touchback (2012)

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Former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the Ohio State championship game where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at his destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell), Scott's longtime mentor on and off the field, to help him decide whether to let his fate unfold, or follow a path that will change his future. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
PG-13 (for some mature thematic elements)
Genre:
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Sports & Fitness
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Cast

Brian Presley
as Murphy
Kurt Russell
as Coach Hand
Drew Powell
as Pierson
James Duval
as Rodriguez
Bryan Price
as Norman
Barney Burman
as Barney
Toby Murray
as Freshman Kid
Alicia Clark
as Pretty Girl
Scott Klace
as Spangler
Scott Gajos
as Willard
Duke Stroud
as Duke the Foreman
Mark Robert Ellis
as Cuyahoga Head Coach
Barry Sanders Jr.
as Cuyahoga Assistant Coach
Barry Sanders
as Cuyahoga Assistant Coach
Bill Simonson
as Football Announcer
Ella Swift
as Coldwater Cheer Coach
Lisa Kearns
as Producer
Rocky Rector, Jr.
as Red Robinson
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Critic Reviews for Touchback

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Are any of them alone reason enough to sit through two hours of warmed-over life lessons? Not particularly, but it should be said that the cast and crew have made a fair stride towards redeeming earnest low-budget filmmaking of this ilk...

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Touchback takes a handoff from Peggy Sue Got Married and It's A Wonderful Life and runs it up the middle for a modest gain.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Touchback is a sweet family film that ultimately lacks enough insight into the main character's thought process as he struggles to make a decision that could change his life.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Touchback

The Movie is naive but is not a bad movie, i was waiting for an sport movie but i found out a fresh love story, also I found an story about the other American Dream.

Miller Moreno
Miller Moreno

Another great movie with a sporting game as a metaphor for life. This movie has heart & shows the touching virtues of small town life. Kurt Russell is great as always. A nice wholesome uplifting film in a sometimes sea of crap. Would recommend to those who don't need a lot of explosions or fast pace action for entertainment, or wants to look back fondly at the glory days of high school.

Karen Willer
Karen Willer

The trailer of the film looks like a touchdown, but the film itself is a fumble. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before a bunch of times. It reminded me of movies like Mr. Destiny, 17 Again, The Family Man, and Click to name a few. Those films are better than this one. This one is too predictable. Also, they should have casted 2 actors to play the same roles. Meaning they should have casted a younger actor to play the high school version and casted an older actor to play the older version of the character. I thought the make up to make some of the actors look older, were terrible and fake. Kurt Russell looks like he is doing a bad copy of his character from the movie Miracle. He was better in that, than this film.

Sol C
Sol C

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