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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

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The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, 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.


Thomas Carter


Scott Marshall Smith (screenplay), Scott Marshall Smith (story) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Bob Ladouceur
Michael Chiklis ... Terry Eidson
Alexander Ludwig ... Chris Ryan
Clancy Brown ... Mickey Ryan
Laura Dern ... Bev Ladouceur
Matthew Daddario ... Danny Ladouceur
Joe Massingill ... Beaser
Jessie T. Usher ... Tayshon Lanear
Ser'Darius Blain ... Cam Colvin
Stephan James ... T.K. Kelly
Richard Kohnke ... Rick Salinas
Matthew Frias ... Arturo
Chase Boltin Chase Boltin ... Manny Gonzales
Gavin Casalegno ... Michael Ladouceur
Les Miles Les Miles ... Oklahoma Scout #1


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. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

coach | high school football | See All (2) »


It's not how hard you fall. It's how you get back up.


Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence, and brief smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un equipo legendario See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,381,509, 22 August 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,127,963, 31 October 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During one team practice, Jim Caviezel wears a Detroit Lions hat. At the time of filming, Caviezel's brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, was the Lions' offensive coordinator. See more »


The game broadcaster says the game vs Poly is the first nationally televised high school football game. That happened in 1989, Euclid vs St. Ignatius, according to Mark Podolski, The News-Herald. See more »


Buster Matthews: Do you know why they call me Buster?
Beaser: 'Cause you're stupid enough to let them?
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Features Perfect Effort (2007) See more »


What You Talkin Bout
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis) and Aaron J. Sandlofer
Performed by Chris Classic (as Classic)
Courtesy of DeeTown
Under license from Format Entertainment
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Excellent film; but ...
25 August 2014 | by bjonesSee all my reviews

I saw this tonight. It was good for the kind of movie it is; a movie about high school sports and their "positive effect" on players as made possible by a great coach.

While this film was very well made, and did illustrate it's point well, it's almost as noticeable for what it doesn't say; or avoids saying altogether. I feel a bit insulted by it, truth be told.

So what's left out? Two very significant facts.

1) The first, and the least important, is the fact that for all the good accomplished by this coach on behalf of his school, the lofty good it does is reserved for a comparatively small number of students. Namely, only for members of the football team. When I was in school (admittedly a very long time ago) the average high school football team was about 33 players. Even if it's a few more, the number is still tiny compared to the whole student body. It leaves me feeling that one cannot get the whole benefit of an education unless one is a very large, athletically talented male.

2) Probably the most significant contributor to the teaching arsenal of the coach is that the school, and therefore their philosophy, is primarily derived from the fact that De La Salle is a Catholic school that places a heavy emphasis on a Christian education after the example of Saint De La Salle. I cannot imagine this school having the success it does absent that philosophy. It went so far as having the strongest statement concerning one of the students who was murdered, stated only in French. The statement being, I believe, that he was a man of faith. That faith was not in football in case you might wonder.

Considering the above, the film's message still has value; albeit in a round about manner. It's still worth seeing; but I sure wish it would inspire someone to come up with a way to teach something this significant for those who aren't able to play football.

Bruce L. Jones

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