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When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

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Critic Consensus: An uneasy blend of solid game sequences and threadbare inspirational sports drama clichés, When the Game Stands Tall is overshadowed by better players in a crowded field.

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Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. When the streak is broken, and tragedy strikes the team, Coach Lad must teach his players - and the entire town - that it's not about how you fall, but how you get back up. (C) Warner Bros

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Cast

Jim Caviezel
as Bob Ladouceur
Michael Chiklis
as Teddy Eidson
Alexander Ludwig
as Chris Ryan
Laura Dern
as Bev Ladouceur
Clancy Brown
as Mickey Ryan
Matthew Daddario
as Danny Ladouceur
Jessie T. Usher
as Tayshon Lanear
Richard Kohnke
as Rick Salinas
Ser'Darius Blain
as Cam Colvin
Stephan James
as T.K. Kelly
Chase Boltin
as Manny Gonzales
Gavin Casalegno
as Michael Ladouceur
Les Miles
as Oklahoma Scout #1
Jesse Moore
as Oklahoma Scout #2
Terrence Rosemore
as Landrin Kelly
Deneen Tyler
as Cam's Mom
James DuMont
as Stanford Recruiter
David Desantos
as Mike Blasquez
John Neisler
as Announcer #1
Damon Lipari
as Analyst
Mike Bleed
as Cam's Cousin
J.D. Evermore
as Coach #1
Michael Fletcher
as Older Veteran
Kristofer Gordon
as Hallway Doctor
Armando L. Leduc
as Long Beach Poly Coach
Marlon D. Favorite Sr.
as Buster Matthews
Sam Malone
as Frail Veteran
Teri Wyble
as Jenny Ladouceur
Tom Bubrig
as Mailman
Al Vicente
as Local Sportscaster
Anthony Michael Frederick
as Young Assistant Coach
Sharon Landry
as Nurse Ballard
Renell Gibbs
as Lamarco
Mike Kimmel
as Security Guard/Larry
Jim Klock
as Coach #2
Sandra Taylor
as Nurse Adams
Zac Waggener
as Senior #1
Deric Augustine
as Senior #2
Skyler Green
as Player #1
Henry Frost
as Player #2
Judd Derek Lormand
as Announcer #2
Hwan Tran
as Sophomore
Billy Slaughter
as Hip Sports Reporter
Ricky Wayne
as Reporter
Craig Tate
as Basketball Kid #1
Jaren Mitchell
as Basketball Kid #2
Ashtin Fortner
as Soloist #1
Jonah Calderini
as Emotional Player
Evan Cleaver
as Announcer #3
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Critic Reviews for When The Game Stands Tall

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (21)

When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
ReelViews
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The real-life story behind When the Game Stands Tall sounds amazing. But for all its exciting sports scenes, the movie version falls flat as drama.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Most often in its early stages, the melodrama onscreen edges precipitously close to dissolving into a puddle of platitudinous pabulum served in the manner of a rote Sunday school lesson.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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Why must an extraordinary story beget such an ordinary film?

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Globe and Mail
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A true tale of high school football achievement becomes a strained, by-the-numbers grab bag of uplift in the Christian sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall."

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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When the Game Stands Tall is more manipulative than a hulking chiropractor. It's so busy beatifying its protagonist that it makes him into a grave idol rather than a man.

August 22, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for When The Game Stands Tall

The one thing you can always count on when watching a football film, is that it's going to be exciting. It doesn't matter if it's a true story, like When The Game Stands Tall, or a made up one like Friday Night Lights. It doesn't matter if the team has won 100 straight games or lost 100 straight games. Every film about football is going to be exciting, so what makes one better than the other? The personalities involved, it all comes down to who the film is focused on and this film has it's eyes on the prize. Jim Caviezel stars as Bobby Ladouceur, one of the most successful high school football coaches of all-time. Ladouceur became a national celebrity, not only because of a big winning streak, but also because of the way he incorporated family values and religion into his coaching, trying to make his player more well-rounded individuals. Caviezel was outstanding, as he is in everything, but after watching six seasons of Person of Interest, it's almost disappointing seeing Caviezel in a role where he doesn't kill anyone. The other focus of the film is Alexander Ludwig, who portrays Chris Ryan, a kid who has all the talent in the world, but has to decide, if he's pushing himself toward greatness for himself or because of a psychotic father. Ludwig always gets second billing, but as with the Hunger Games, nothing would be as good without him. He is the unsung hero of this film as he rounds out the emotional roller-coaster. When The Game Stands Tall has action, emotion, conflict, religion, family, love, hate, a little bit of everything and believe it or not, at the heart of it all is a simple, stupid little game called football. This film was great, it reminded me a lot of the TV version of Friday Night Lights and it's an absolute can't miss for sports enthusiasts.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

7/1/2016: After the first hour I wasn't impressed about a story surrounding a bunch of arrogant kids and a win streak. From there the story and characters really developed and made for a good movie. The cast was very good.

Russ Bast
Russ Bast

Based on a true story of a California Catholic High school football team with a 150 game winning streak, this inspirational drama has good moments but pales in comparison to Friday Night Lights or Remember the Titans. Jim Cavizel is very good as the head coach but the film breaks no new ground and seems like a rehash. The football sequences are extremely well shot and the acting is passable. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon but not much more! 01-01-2016

Christopher Oakley
Christopher Oakley

Super Reviewer

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