Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants

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Director: Stephen Kendrick

Cast: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, Shannen Fields, Steve Williams


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A failing high-school football coach finds that in order to succeed he must convince his team that there's more to sports than fame and glory in an inspirational tale of courage on the gridiron and the power of God's word. Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) has been coaching the Shiloh Eagles for six years, and he has yet to realize his dream…  See more details below


A failing high-school football coach finds that in order to succeed he must convince his team that there's more to sports than fame and glory in an inspirational tale of courage on the gridiron and the power of God's word. Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) has been coaching the Shiloh Eagles for six years, and he has yet to realize his dream of a winning season. When the team's star player transfers schools, the first three games of the new season show no promise for improvement, troubles at home begin to take their toll, and a plot among the player's fathers to have him fired finds his future in football looking bleak, Coach Taylor is faced with the prospect of either cutting his losses and admitting defeat or turning his life over to God in an attempt to test the true power of faith. With his job on the line and nothing left to lose, Coach Taylor convinces his determined team of underdogs that there's nothing they can't accomplish with a little faith -- including the miracle of a winning season when all hope seems lost.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A technically proficient, low-budget drama obviously intended to serve the emergent niche market for Christian-themed entertainment, Facing the Giants offers rewarding and uplifting entertainment for the whole family. Director Alex Kendrick takes the central role of Grant Taylor, an underpaid, overworked football coach who worries not only about his job security -- his team has endured six losing seasons -- but also about the financial pressures facing him and his wife, Brooke (Shannen Fields), and the recent discovery that in all likelihood he'll never be able to father children. In his darkest hour, Grant finds comfort and inspiration in the Bible and rededicates himself to God. As a result, things begin to turn around -- both personally and professionally. The worst we can say about Facing the Giants is that it lacks dramatic tension: Once Grant is born again, the obstacles facing him seem to melt away one after another. But the performances of a largely amateur cast are winningly sincere, and the football-game sequences are invigorating.
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If you've ever shaken your head at an athlete praising Jesus for letting him catch a game-winning touchdown, meaning implicitly that God favored his team over the other, you may also shake your head at Facing the Giants. Alex Kendrick's Christian film about a woebegone football team, whose coach is also played by Kendrick, is all about thanking God for helping the team right its season and go for the state championship. Religiously tunnel-visioned though it may be, Kendrick's film does have the good sense to be clear that God should be praised regardless of each game's outcome, and Facing the Giants emphasizes that a person's belief in Jesus Christ should combine with a never-give-up attitude, not replace it. What's more, he gets away with everyone spending extensive time on the topic of God because it's a Christian high school where Grant Taylor coaches. But Kendrick doesn't get away with his agenda to convert viewers who haven't already been converted. Christian films are considered by the mainstream -- to the extent that the mainstream considers them at all -- to be preaching to the choir, and proud of it. However, Kendrick clearly wants more than that. He consistently fleshes out the characters by showing them joking around, and he's working with actors capable of a range of emotions, including his own finely acted scene breaking into tears over his failures. But Kendrick hasn't learned subtlety yet, and that's what's divisive about Facing the Giants -- nonbelievers who just want a nice inspirational story will be crowded out by all the God talk. The good news is that Kendrick did get it right in his next feature, Fireproof, in which Kirk Cameron plays the lead, and there's a better balance between the director's religious viewpoints and the universal struggles faced by all human beings.

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Sony Pictures
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Filmmaker Commentary; Fumbles, Funnies & Other Fun Stuff; (Outtakes & Bloopers); Deleted Scenes; Behind the Scenes of Facing the Giants; Interview with Mark Richt; A Musical Tribute to the Volunteers; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alex Kendrick Grant Taylor
Shannen Fields Brooke Taylor
Steve Williams Larry Childers
Bailey Cave David Childers
Jason McLeod Brock Kelley
Tracy Goode Brady Owens
Chris Willis J.T. Hawkins, Jr.
James Blackwell Matt Prater
Jim McBride Bobby Lee Duke
Mark Richt Actor

Technical Credits
Alex Kendrick Director,Editor,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Stephen Kendrick Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Lisa Arnold Casting
Michael Catt Executive Producer
Teru Catt Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracy Goode Associate Producer
Terry Hemmings Executive Producer
Jim McBride Executive Producer
Jim McBride Executive Producer
David Nixon Producer
Nick Palladino Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Scott Cinematographer
Cherie Vancleave Production Designer
Brad Weston Associate Producer
Mark Willard Score Composer

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Facing the Giants 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this movie was a low budget film, they had me fooled. This is one of THEE best movies I have seen in my life time. If someone dont like this movie, there is something wrong. it is a must see for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most uplifting, inspirational movies in a long time. What an outstanding show of true faith and endurance. We all have giants we face in our lives and this movies shows the true meaning of never giving up. Let God lead you to buying this must have movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Facing the Giants is one of the best movies to come out in a long time...if not ever. This is such a good family movie. It is based on the strong faith and power of God, and leaves viewers with a renewed sense of hope! This movie was so good I don't care if it's the last movie I see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished a rental copy of this movie and had to purchase it immediately! IT cut me open, and ripped our my heart. It reminded me of the purpose God has for my life, and the reality that Nothing is impossible with God! If you have a dream, you need to get this movie! For God be the glory!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! Great things happen when people follow their vision. This movie is definitely a testimony to that. After watching it I knew I had to get my copy but also knew that it was too good to just keep to myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie gives you hope. It is the best movie on faith I've seen in years. You have dreams and want to see your faith increase, this shows you nothing is impossible with God! Amazing movie! Unforgettable, Inspiring!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was powerful, real and to the point. If you like inspirational themes like Lean on me, Akeelah and the Bee, Dangerous Minds this movie will appeal to you. It had little to do with drama and theatrics but more to do with how faith in God can make anything possible. I recommend Facing the Giants to Parents, Youth Leaders, Teachers, young people and all those looking to enjoy a movie with Purpose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so great! everything about it is so inspiring and really makes you realize that with God, all things are possible. I think anyone who thinks this movie is infirior must also not believe in the Bible! Recomended for the whole family! We have watched it again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a sports fan with children, this movie is awesome. The coach and the team learn some hard lessons about what they prioritize in life. My kids got to see the importance of living for a purpose, and an example of how having a better attitude and always doing your VERY BEST helps you in football and in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey len from a few posts back...or should i saiy...hey "true christian"....yes i do belive this movie could reuslt in false teachings but it is simply showing all the amazing things God can do....its not telling you that all of this will happen.its just saying what He can do...and that is ANYTHING....it is supposed to be an insirational movie...if it wasnt the way it is...it would be a boring movie...and it is not right to downplay this movie for people who may have found it uplifting and may have used this movie as another way to connect with God....That behavior isnt exactly living up to your "true christian" self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This moving movie is probably the best flick for a family to watch. It shows that nothing is impossible with God's help. The movie goes through the trials of a coach who has just lost his 6th season of football in a row, his car keeps breaking down, parents are talking about getting rid of him since he hasn't had a winner season since he has been coach, his washer works half the time, he barely makes enough money to keep his wife and him afloat, and to top it off he learns he can't have children. Totally defeated he has only one thing left he can do, put everything in God's hands.Filled with great special features which include deleted scenes, interviews and film commentary, this is a most for everyone to see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring movie! It made me thank God for everything I have. Below is, "We are Marshall" which is a football story that makes your faith stronger although this movie is quite different.
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
Facing the Giants was the second movie produced by Sherwood Baptist Church, but the first to be shown nationwide. It's the story of Grant Taylor, a football coach struggling at getting his team to work as a team when playing football. After six losing seasons, Grant faces the possible loss of his job as well as finding out he and his wife can never have any children of their own. I disagree with the critic who said the movie lacks dramatic tensions after Grant comes to term with the purpose of life. The challenges are still there, but Grant vows to do his best and leave the results up tot the Lord. His personal conflicts at home are less, but building the team up and guiding them to the playoffs are just as dramatic and keep up the tension to the very end of the movie. Even though most of the actors were amateurs -- volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church -- the acting was good quality and the story is very inspiring. I see some parallels between Jonathan and David of the Old Testament and Jonathan and David in Facing the Giants. I gave this story five stars because that was the limit, but I'd gladly give it a ten. I recommend this movie for everyone's personal library.
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This is inspirational, plain and simple. While there may the occasional bit of cheese here and there it still never stops in its message. You have got to be able to take charge of your life for the better.
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A must have for every family. View with school age children, especially teens. Very inspirational and though provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both my husband and I as well as the kids all enjoyed this film
Pastor_Bob More than 1 year ago
You know from the outset that the scrappy little team will beat the Giants in the game that really counts. You know from the beginning that the coach and his wife will overcome their infertility problem, that the messed up boys will find Jesus and get un-messed, and that there will be no sex. What you won't be prepared for is the tears that will come to your eyes when a lineman on the team demonstrates just how much he has to give. We sell ourselves short (says the movie) when we don't draw on the strength of the Lord. And we won't always be victorious. But we will play differently, and live life differently, and do our homework differently, and coach differently, when we stop trying to do it all ourselves. This is a movie with a message. It is great for youth fellowship groups, Bible study groups, any place where production values are less important than the message. Make no mistake, the movie doesn't compete well with the best that Hollywood has to offer. It contains almost all of the Christian movie chiches that exist. But it's well done, and it's not intended to compete with Spiderman 3 or Kill Bill. You will wonder at the audacity of a church in Georgia that decided to use its members and its resources to make an inspirational movie. You will feel good at the end. You will remember some of the scenes for a long time. And when you feel yourself flagging, you will know where to reach for the strength you need to continue.
ADT More than 1 year ago
I was required to watch this movie for a class that I had. I usually dread watching movies associated with classes. However, I found that this was a great movie. It is a good family movie, and it really shows the possibilities that can come when one trusts in God.
ncomae More than 1 year ago
If you are a spiritual beleiver, this movie will move you to higher heights in your spiritual walk. I cried so hard my eyes were puffy. I was moved to rededicate my life to My Lord and Savior that same day!!! A snippet of this movie is saved on my IPhone for those times when I need a extra encouragement in my life to push past the adversities that "do" come up....That's just how powerful this movie is!!!
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