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Woodlawn (2015)




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In 1973, a spiritual awakening captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School Football team. Lead by their coach, Tandy Geralds, and fueled by the team's dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate, the team makes an astounding run at the playoffs, leading to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of it's first African American superstar - Tony Nathan.
PG (for thematic elements including some racial tension/violence)
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Sean Astin
as Hank
Nicholas Bishop
as Tandy Gerelds
Caleb Castille
as Tony Nathan
Sherri Shepherd
as Momma Nathan
Jon Voight
as Paul Bryant
C. Thomas Howell
as George "Shorty" White
Brando Eaton
as Mike Morton
Kelly Greyson
as Shelia
Rhoda Griffis
as Attorney Brenda Howly
Devin Bright
as Cedric
Jet Jurgensmeyer
as Todd Gerelds
Joy Brunson
as Johnnie
Kevin Sizemore
as Jerry Stearns
Blake Burgess
as Mike Allyson
Jason Burkey
as Insurance Customer
Michael Entrekin
as Woodlawn Player
Brett Rice
as Whitehurst
Rodney L. Clark
as Alabama Assistant
Matthew T. Cook
as Banks Fan
Richard Kohnke
as Jeff Rutledge
Kevin Downes
as Birmingham Reporter
Jeff Rose
as SI Reporter
David Kloehr
as David Smith
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Owen Davis
Danny Vinson
as Banks Assistant Coach
Farris Turner
as Banks Cheerleader
Marcus Henderson
as Reggie Greene
Lee Perkins
as USC Coach John McKay
Haley Spates
as National Anthem Singer
Dan Vaughan
as Banks Linebacker
Tom Mullins
as Huffman Coach
Austin Pollard
as Woodlawn Player
Keith Loy
as Referee
Stephen Wilson
as Ronald Mum
Tyrell Humphries
as Sam Cunningham
Brian Wyatt
as USC Football Player
Ron Flagge
as Johnnie's Dad
Jeremy Grimsley
as Chain Gang
Kristi Averette
as Mom in Restaurant/Football Game Attendee
Jeff Kruse
as Football Official
Mark Sellors
as Woodlawn Fan
Doug Markstrom
as Football Official
James Vines
as Team Doctor
Justin O'Neal
as Malik's Friend
William Ratcliffe
as Football Official
Justin Sanders
as Crowd Agitator
Garrett Sutphen
as Huffman Linebacker
Ray Torillo
as Football Official
Hannah Waits
as Woodlawn Student
Justin Johnston
as Football Official
Christopher Snuggs
as Football Official
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Sports and religion are a potent combination, one that siblings Jon and Andrew Erwin (October Baby, Mom's Night Out) exploit to canny effect in their new film based on the real-life Woodlawn High School football team.

Full Review… | October 19, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Until the balance tips rather too blatantly toward the latter during the final minutes, the overall narrative mix of history lesson, gridiron action and spiritual uplift is effectively and satisfyingly sustained.

Full Review… | October 19, 2015
Top Critic

Sure, it's an evangelical "Remember the Titans," but at least the Erwin brothers have made an effort, parochially speaking, to go outside the lines.

Full Review… | October 17, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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A film taken with the singular American delusion that Jesus loves football... though it also throws in a new delusion: Jesus hates the U.S. Constitution.

Full Review… | February 21, 2016
Flick Filosopher

The unintentional message here? What integrated Alabama wasn't Christian brotherhood, but Alabama's REAL state religion -- football.

Full Review… | October 29, 2015
Movie Nation

'Woodlawn' hits spiritual pay dirt.

Full Review… | October 24, 2015
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Woodlawn

Woodlawn is the best movie I have ever seen!! I would say it's appropriate for all ages. Their is no talk about sex, nothing. I love this movie with all my heart!! It's a must see!!

Havilah Hinkle
Havilah Hinkle

In terms of filmmaking quality, one of the best "faith-based" movies I've ever seen. In terms of story, not quite there yet. Fun to see Jon Voight again.

Todd Miller
Todd Miller

Inspiring! Such a great testimony of the power of Christ making a difference through one so that so many can shine with him. Jon Voight as Paul Bear Bryant was great - especially his aim to "mold men" with the game of football. A few minor plot lines were loose ends but it doesn't affect the impact of the movie. Highly recommended!

Mike Clapper
Mike Clapper

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