We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall
  • PG
  • 2h 7m
  • 2006
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Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox star as two men determined to rebuild a football team and heal a community in the deeply moving drama We Are Marshall. On the evening of Saturday, 14 November 1970, a jet carrying the Marshall University football team, coaches and fans, crashes in the Appalachian Mountains. Now, university president Dedmon plans to end the school's football program for the season--perhaps indefinitely. Assistant coach Red Dawson, who narrowly missed the ill-fated flight, can't face going back onto the field. But in this small town, football is a way of life. And with the strength and leadership of young, outsider coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey--Frailty), the town and the university rally to rebuild a football team and to heal a community. This season, it doesn't matter whether Marshall wins or loses. It doesn't even matter how they play the game .. All that matters was that they play.

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Critics Consensus: 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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Conventional football drama doesn't quite score.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that tweens and teens who like sports movies may very well want to see this emotional drama, which is based on a real-life 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people from a small West Virginia university, including football team members and staff. The crash is rendered in an instant (as an electrical "zap"); viewers then see flaming wreckage in the woods as firemen shake their heads (no bodies, just sadness). Mourning, often angrily expressed, takes place at funerals, over meals, and during football practice. The film includes some iffy language ("damn," "s--t," and "hell"), as well as tension among players, coaches, and boosters. In one scene, players drink a case of beer, bonding in their drunkenness.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 22, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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