Paul Salfen finds out from Director Thomas Carter  what it was like to film WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, about the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from a 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. 

 

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“Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there’s more to life, that’s hard.” — Coach Bob Ladouceur from the movie When the Game Stands Tall

It has been called one of the greatest sports stories ever told – but the tale of coaching legend Bob Ladouceur and his team’s incredible run of high school football victories, known as “the streak,” is about far more than the thrill of sports. It is also about a tight-knit band of brothers who came to see, in one tumultuous year of tragedy
and triumph, that winning was never the point. Instead, it was unflagging commitment – commitment to effort, to belief and, most of all, to one another — that drove them, in their  most trying season, to aspire to something far greater than any trophy.

Inspired by the true story, When the Game Stands Tall comes to the screen as a  heart-stirring drama starring Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, “Person of  Interest”) as Bob Ladouceur, Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Laura Dern (The Fault In Our Stars, “Enlightened”) as Bev Ladouceur, Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”; The Hunger Games), and a cast of  exciting newcomers as the legendary young Spartans.
The story begins in 2003, just as the Spartans have completed an incredible,  record-busting run of 12 straight State Championships and 151 consecutive victories.
With the team’s outstanding Senior Class fielding offers left and right from college football powerhouses, the Juniors are looking forward to their own big year ahead. But
nothing goes as planned. Instead of things coming easy, they are tested by an 2 unpredictable season of devastating personal and team losses. Yet even as the streak
collides with reality, and Ladouceur confronts his own brush with calamity, the team stands together no matter what. Suddenly, they are headed for a comeback aimed not so much at victory as at giving their all for one another.
TriStar Pictures presents in association with Affirm Films, a Mandalay Sports  Media production, When the Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter, with a
screenplay by Scott Marshall Smith, who also did the story with David Zelon, based upon  the book by Neil Hayes. The producer is David Zelon and the executive producers are  Cathy Schulman, David Tice and Thomas Carter. Michael Lohmann was director of  photography and James Hinkle was production designer. Editor was Scott Richter. Music  was by John Paesano and music supervision was by Dave Jordan and Jojo Villanueva.  Claire Breaux was the costume designer and casting was by Victoria Thomas.

Jim Caviezel heads a cast that also includes Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”:  Fantastic Four), Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”; Lone Survivor, The Hunger Games),  Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) and Laura Dern (The Fault in Our Stars;  “Enlightened”).   The film is rated PG by the MPAA for the following reasons: thematic material, a  scene of violence and brief smoking.  The running time is 1 hour and 55 minutes.

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