In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971? Written by
In a report issued April 14, 1972, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the crash was "the result of a descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a non precision approach under adverse operating conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment. . . .two most likely explanations (for the greater descent) are (a) improper use of cockpit instrumentation data, or (b) an altimetry system error." See more »
When Dedmon is calling potential coaches, his list includes a man with a (478) area code and one with a (573) area code. This area codes were not established in 1970 -- they were established in 2000 and 1996 respectively. See more »
Those were not welcome days. We buried sons, brothers, mothers, fathers, fiancés. Clocks ticked, but time did not pass. The sun rose and the sun set, but the shadows remained. When once there was sound, now there was silence. What once was whole, now was shattered.
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash (as Crosby, Stills & Nash)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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While I understand some Marshall alumni, students, and fans may have bitter feelings toward the movie, I do not think McG could have produced or directed a better film! The feeling you get when watching the movie is indescribable and can certainly touch those of us who were not alive when the crash happened. After seeing this and crying so much I can't even imagine what it must have been like nearly forty years ago. It is an amazing and truly inspiring story that has touched my heart greatly! The actors showed amazing emotions and attitudes which honestly made the movie. This is a must see for everyone - whether you like sports, are a WVU fan, or were around or not around when the crash occurred.
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