We Are Marshall 2006

We Are Marshall

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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.

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In 1970, Marshall University and the small town of Huntington, W.Va., reel when a plane crash claims the lives of 75 of the school's football players, staff members and boosters. New coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) arrives on the scene in March 1971, determined to rebuild Marshall's Thundering Herd and heal a grieving community in the process.

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Matthew Fox
Red Dawson
Ian McShane
Paul Griffin
David Strathairn
Donald Dedmon
Arlen Escarpeta
Reggie Oliver
January Jones
Carol Dawson
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William Fay
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Jeanne Allgood
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Scott Mednick
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Brent O'Connor
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Thomas Tull
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Shane Hurlbut
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Critic Reviews for We Are Marshall

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (65)

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    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
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    December 30, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
    Dallas Morning News
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    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • Unlike a lot of sports movies, it doesn't end with a championship or a great upset over a powerhouse. The real victory on the Marshall campus was in fielding a team that honored and respected the legacy of the 1970 team.

    December 26, 2006
  • We Are Marshall isn't about grief or loss, but how these things can be overcome. It's uplifting, but shallow.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: C+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • This was undeniably a horrific event for the victims' families friends, colleagues as well as for the entire community. But the movie seems to almost exploit this tragedy so it can make audiences weep, and ultimately, cheer.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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Audience Reviews for We Are Marshall

  • Apr 16, 2013
    Good, but heavily cliche'd, especially the football sequences. Does a really great job of capturing the time period though, especially the small town life. This movie could've easily been a lot shorter--it's length is kind of uncomfortable for this type of movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2012
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    this film was hard to watch and just didn't do much for me. could of been much worse but how this film made money is beyond me
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Not bad. Just enough drama to pull the old heartsrings
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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