Facing the Giants

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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 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 ...
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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 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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker commentary; Fumbles, Funnies & Other Fun Stuff (Outtakes & bloopers); Deleted scenes; Behind the scenes of "Facing the Giants"; Interview with Mark Richt, head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs football team; A musical tribute to the Volunteers; Theatrical trailer
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • UPC: 043396242937
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Facing the Giants
1. Opening Sequence [4:00]
2. Is It True? [4:55]
3. Sports Break [3:08]
4. Brooke's Hope [4:54]
5. Rebuilding Season [3:24]
6. Getting Your Feet Wet [3:48]
7. Trying to Stand [3:49]
8. The Meeting [4:48]
9. Pleading With God [3:11]
10. Confrontation [4:32]
11. Real Purpose [3:52]
12. The Deathcrawl [7:15]
13. The Right Thing [1:37]
14. Kicking Philosophy [2:34]
15. Revival [4:06]
16. Unleased [3:25]
17. A Gift From God [3:55]
18. Post Season Play [4:04]
19. An Act of God [2:42]
20. Farther to Fly [1:59]
21. Complete Surrender [2:02]
22. Preparing for War [3:56]
23. Fighting the Giants [3:14]
24. The Heat of Battle [3:31]
25. Stay in the Game [2:37]
26. Stonewall [3:20]
27. The Only Option [2:49]
28. Overwhelmed [3:32]
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Disc #1 -- Facing the Giants
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      Fumbles, Funnies & Other Fun Stuff
      Deleted Scenes
      Behind the Scenes of Facing the Giants
      Interview With Mark Richt: Head Coach, University of Georgia Bulldogs Football Team
      "With You": A Music Video of the Production
      Theatrical Trailer
   Previews
      The Second Chance
      Left Behind: World at War
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    everyone should see this movie

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Confused?

    I was really surpised to find out that God was a football fan. And that he had a favorite team, no less! It was sweet of him to take time out of his schedule to help his club win. You go God!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow-Everyone must see!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Unforgettable movie produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I was so inspired!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great family movie

    Both my husband and I as well as the kids all enjoyed this film

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Inspirational Movie

    A must have for every family. View with school age children, especially teens. Very inspirational and though provoking.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the very best movies I have ever seen!

    Having seen God perform countless answers to prayer and many miracles in my own life, I was thrilled to see this wonderful movie! May God bless this anointed film and the dedicated Church and Christians who had any part in it! I have been buying this movie and giving it to others with a prayer in my heart that God will use it over and over again...and I am certain He will. Definitely one of the most powerful movies I have seen. Also great for church viewing. PRAYER WORKS! Glory to our eternal God!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Facing the Giants is a hit!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie( Len, from a few posts away is wrong)

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We need more like this one!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible Movie

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY Best Movie Ever Because of the Truth Displayed

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    See it, share it and buy one for you

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    This is inspirational, plain and simple. While there may the oc

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Most incredible , inspirational, moving movie I have ever seen!!!

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Giants

    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.

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