Friday Night Lights

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Overview

H.G. Bissinger's best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that's home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city's economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still ...
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Overview

H.G. Bissinger's best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that's home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city's economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still erupt into violence on occasion. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian's football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines Billy Bob Thornton and his boys try to lead the team to victory. As Gaines works to build a winning team in a town where victory is prized above all else, however, his players struggle through the emotional trials common to any teenager and ponder the fact that there is little future in their hometown...and that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph. Friday Night Lights also stars Lucas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, and country singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Action-packed deleted scenes; Tim McGraw: Off the Stage - the country music star's transition to the silver screen; Player cam: experience firsthand all the action that ensues when 40 actors/athletes live and work together for six wild weeks; The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers: witness the real Friday Night Lights' players and fans through the eyes of the cast and crew
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the small Texas town of Odessa, high school football isn’t just a game -- it’s the yardstick by which many residents measure their self-worth and significance. That’s the lesson learned by early by new coach Gary Gaines Billy Bob Thornton, who endures criticism, taunts, and even threats from parents and other townspeople obsessed with seeing their team compete in the state finals. His players include the supremely talented but willful Boobie Miles Derek Luke, an egomaniac prepared to sacrifice his health for gridiron glory, and Don Billingsley Garrett Hedlund, a hardworking receiver who endures the bullying of his foul-mouthed father country music star Tim McGraw in a bang-up performance. Actor-turned-director Peter Berg The Rundown, who co-scripted with David Aaron Cohen, keeps his star firmly grounded in the role of a sensible man caught up in a high-pressure situation. Coach Gaines is someone who believes that football, while perhaps a good character builder, is essentially just a game -- an attitude that puts him at odds with Odessans who, sadly, have invested far too much of their self-esteem in the team and its fortunes. In some respects, Friday Night Lights is a typical sports movie, with familiar character types and a predictable narrative that relies for its third-act climax on the Big Game. But it’s done with style and perception, portraying small-town hopes and fears with unusual fidelity. Absent a leading man like Thornton, this film might be the sort of run-of-the-mill TV movie you can find any night on cable. But Thornton’s performance is well-nigh perfect, maintaining a consistency of tone and intensity that makes his Coach Gaines an unforgettable figure: a small-town man with a big heart.
All Movie Guide
Friday Night Lights was billed as a "different kind of sports movie," but the film's greatest departure from brethren like Remember the Titans and Varsity Blues is stylistic, not substantive. Peter Berg's herky-jerky camera might bring in more indie-minded viewers than your typical football movie, but it adds little extra legitimacy to the standard components: the obsessive heartland town, the caustic parental pressure, the vein-popping coach, the long-odds push toward the big game. Since it's based on a true story, one can't blame any screenwriter (in this case, Berg) for concocting a bunch of "movie moments" -- only for choosing it as a story that needed telling. Even if it's not that much "different," Friday Night Lights does do a lot of things right. One of these is its handling of the requisite injured athlete facing an unknown future. Since revealing the character would constitute a spoiler, suffice it to say that the actor gives a performance of great burning frustration, drawing sympathy from the audience in a way that the character's previous swagger did not. But the film's most impressive performance goes to country singer and novice actor Tim McGraw, whose turn as a disappointed father is so intense, it leaves blood on the celluloid. These performances contribute to an overall detailed authenticity that's a credit to Berg, who has matured a lot since his previous two features, a popcorn action movie (The Rundown) and a mean-spirited black comedy (Very Bad Things). Maybe Berg is really what sets Friday Night Lights apart.
Chicago Tribune
Peter Berg's beautifully executed film takes us from preseason to the playoffs, awing us with hard-hitting, bone-cracking high school games -- games you will watch as though you've been rooting for the Panthers your entire life. The movie is that good. Allison Benedikt
USA Today - Mike Clark
One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.

Peter Berg's beautifully executed film takes us from preseason to the playoffs, awing us with hard-hitting, bone-cracking high school games -- games you will watch as though you've been rooting for the Panthers your entire life. The movie is that good. Allison Benedikt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • UPC: 025192547621
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,738

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Coach Gary Gaines
Derek Luke Boobie Miles
Jay Hernandez Brian Chavez
Lucas Black Mike Winchell
Garrett Hedlund Don Billingsley
Tim McGraw Charles Billingsley
Connie Britton Sharon Gaines
Lee Thompson Young Chris Corner
Lee Jackson Ivory Christian
Grover Coulson L.V. Miles
Sam Austin Recruiter
Aaron Babino Football Player
Dean Baldwin Football Player
Evan Bernard Drunk Driver
Josh Berry Coach Campbell
Stephen Bishop Loie Harris
Angie Bolling Booster Wife
Randy Brinlee Marshall Game Referee
Ben Bronson Football Player
Kippy Brown Carter Booth Coach
Sunny Byrd Football Player
Chris Palmer Permian Booth Coach
John Clark Football Player
Brady Coleman Jerald McClary
Connie Cooper Mrs. Winchell
Rutherford Cravens Kansas Wesleyan Recruiter
Tim Crowley Carter Game Referee
Christopher Dahlberg Clancy Kent
Tiki Davis Carter Co-Captain - Baird
Eloise DeJoria Booster
Richard Dillard Reporter
Bobby Doherty Football Player
Mark Donaldson State Trooper
Ryanne Duzich Melissa
Ken Farmer Booster
Morgan Farris Jennifer Gaines
Chris Fisher Football Player
Robert Flores Reporter
Cedric Foster Football Player
Jeff Gibbs Journalist Jim
Gavin Grazer Trapper
Gary Mack Griffin Marshall High School Coach
Buddy Hale Booster
Wayne Hanawalt Kansas Wesleyan Recruiter
Corey Hargers Football Player
Peter Harrell Jr. C.C. Russeau
Cleveland "Chick" Harris Carter Booth Coach
Tavis Harvey Football Player
J.D. Hawkins Carter Play-by-Play Announcer
John Patrick Hayden Permian Booth Coach
Amber Heard Maria
Rick Herod Coach McCutcheon
Dennis Hill Coach Harper
Deshaun Hill Football Player
Kammerin Hunt Carter Assistant Coach
Kyle-Scott Jackson Carter Booth Coach
C. Anthony "Charles" Jackson Carter Booth Coach
Ryan Jacobs Football Player
Harvey L. Jeffries Carter Game Official
Nick Jester Football Player
Lewis B. Johnson Carter Play-by-Play Announcer
David Johnson Coach Johnson
Wade Johnston Coach Miller
Mike Jones Football Player
Tyrone Jones Football Player
Christian Kane Brian
Laine Kelly Corner's Girlfriend
Tommy G. Kendrick Odessa Doctor
Clay Kennedy Permian Color Announcer
Lillian Langford Nancy Aubrey
Ty Law Carter Wide Receiver - Graf
Brad Leland John Aubrey
Bradley Lisman Young Kid
Mark Llewellyn Football Player
Jon Luke Football Player
O.J. McClintock Football Player
Richard Nance Buzzard
Robert Nguyen Football Player
Joseph Norman Football Player
Mark Nutter Recruiter
Kevin Page John Wilkins
Terry Parks Skip Baldwin's Cameraman
Dewayne Patmon Football Player
Marco Perella Booster
Turk Pipkin Skip Baldwin
Kenneth Plunk Coach Plunk
Dan Rankin Cooper Game End Zone Official
Everick Rawls Football Player
Bob Richardson Marvin Edwards
Brett Robin Football Player
Steven Rogers Football Player
Ray Ross Football Player
Charles Sanders Buddy's Burgers Manager
Taylor Sawyers Young Kid
Aisha Schliessler Cheerleader
Everett Smith Carter Quarterback - Whitaker
Robert Scott Smith Coach Smith
Talon Smith Young Kid
Kasey Stevens Flippy
Chad L. Stevens Football Player
B.T. Stone Slammin' Sammy
Barry Sykes Permian Play-by-Play Announcer
Julius Tennon Coach James
Billy Melvin Thomas Carter Assistant Coach
Travis Thompson Football Player
Brian Thornton Recruiter
Matt Trissel Football Player
Brandon Tully Football Player
Darrick Wallace Football Player
Timothy Walter Coach Vonner
Branson Washburn Coach Washburn
Robert Weaver Booster
Barney Welch Police Officer
Roy Williams Midland Lee Assistant Coach
Katherine Willis Booster Wife
Dr. Carey Windler Dr. Rogers
Paul Wright III Coach Belew
Technical Credits
Peter Berg Director, Screenwriter
Sarah Aubrey Co-producer
Ronn Basquette Set Decoration/Design
Lee Berger Executive Producer
David Bernardi Associate Producer
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Peter Borck Art Director
Troy Breeding Makeup
John Cameron Executive Producer
David Aaron Cohen Screenwriter
David O. Daniel Sound Mixer
Lynne Eagan Makeup
Barrett Elkins Stunts
Explosions in the Sky Score Composer
Courtnee Garcia Stunts
Robert Graf Co-producer
Derek Graf Stunts
Brian Grazer Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jason Hunt Stunts
Jane Jenkins Casting
James Lavitola Stunts
David Luckenbach Camera Operator
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
L. Patrick McCormack Production Manager
Miguel McKay Stunts
Jayson Merrill Stunts
Bonnie Morgan Stunts
Chris Moseley Camera Operator
Whit Norris Sound Mixer
Colby Parker Jr. Editor
Christopher Poling Stunts
Kevin Reid Stunts
Justin Reimer Stunts
David Rosenbloom Editor
Christie Sanders Stunts
Tobias Schliessler Cinematographer
Bob M. Scott Camera Operator
John G. Scotti Asst. Director
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Rob Simons Set Decoration/Design
Erick Smart Stunts
Scott Stickane Stunts
Orly Stires Camera Operator
Mark Weingarten Sound Mixer
Webster Whinery Stunts
James Whitaker Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Football Time in Texas [2:59]
2. Pre-Season [4:21]
3. The Legend's Son [4:16]
4. The Next State Champion [2:50]
5. Party Time [3:25]
6. "Little Fumble" [2:44]
7. Smiling Mike [1:50]
8. Football Country [4:28]
9. Marshall Game [3:37]
10. Boobie's Knee [4:12]
11. Losers [4:34]
12. Get the Job Done [3:53]
13. MoJo Working [3:50]
14. MRI [2:58]
15. Midland Lee [3:33]
16. The Last of Boobie Miles [2:41]
17. End of the Game [2:33]
18. Cursed [4:48]
19. The Coin Toss [3:20]
20. The Only Fact of Life [2:17]
21. Boobie Says Goodbye [3:31]
22. Playoff Time [3:15]
23. Beat 'Em, Or... [2:39]
24. Going to State [1:48]
25. The Dallas Carter Game [1:49]
26. First Half [5:17]
27. Half-Time [4:28]
28. Second Half [2:47]
29. The MoJo Comeback [6:19]
30. The Last Yard [5:57]
31. Epilogue [3:56]
32. End Titles [6:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Action-Packed Deleted Scenes
      Peter Berg Discusses a Scene in the Movie
      Player Cam
      Tim McGraw: Off the Stage
      The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers
      Audio Commentary With Director Peter Berg and Writer Buzz Bissinger: On
      Audio Commentary With Director Peter Berg and Writer Buzz Bissinger: Off
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Billy Bob Thornton - Coach Gary Gaines
         Derek Luke - Boobie Miles
         Jay Hernandez - Brian Chavez
         Lucas Black - Mike Winchell
         Garrett Hedlund - Don Billingsley
         Tim McGraw - Charlie Billingsley
         Peter Berg - Director/Screenwriter
         Brian Grazer - Producer
         James Whitaker - Executive Producer
         John Cameron - Executive Producer
         H.G. Bissinger - Book Author
         David Aaron Cohen - Screenwriter
      DVD-ROM
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Audio Commentary With Director Peter Berg and Writer Buzz Bissinger: On
      Audio Commentary With Director Peter Berg and Writer Buzz Bissinger: Off
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    In the book, Friday Night Lights by, H.G Bissinger, I think the

    In the book, Friday Night Lights by, H.G Bissinger, I think the book was a good book. I like the book not only because I am a football player but also it kept me on my toes the whole book. My favorite character is Boobie Miles he the one of the biggest pieces on the football team, and getting plenty of top-notch colleges attention. I was kind of bummed about what happened to him and how he ended up. I can relate from Boobie Miles just from being a running back on a football team. The story was mostly about how a football team can make it to the top even with Africans on the team, because back then there were was racism in Odessa, Texas. Also how stars can loss so much in one second or in this situation, in one play. I think the theme of the story is that life is not always fair, for example Boobie miles went from being a high school hero to an average player/ kid. I think this book is for people that like sports, football in particular. I liked the book because it has a great story behind it.


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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    Best serious football movie

    If you want to see some hilarious football shows, check out The Replacements and Adam Sandler's remake of The Longest Yard. But FNL is gripping stuff: like its surroundings, Odessa was mired in an economic wasteland and the people looked to a group of teenaged boys to inspire them. Billy Bob Thorton's performance as Coach Gaines was terrific - I often wonder if the real guy was that skilled at turning on the animal just before and during games and then switching it off to be 100% calm and composed as soon as the final whistle sounded. Then we have Miles, the supremely gifted athlete who puts down teammates and opponents until he suffers a life-changing injury and finally learns the world isn't just about him. Mike was interesting as the QB, trying to lead his team despite a very difficult family situation. Garrett Hedlund did a great job portraying a fumble-prone fullback dealing with a mentally disturbed father - even in public. That made the last scene between those two exceptionally powerful. Also, the coach's final speech and the song used at the end of the title game were perfect - all, of course, due to the crazy intensity of that matchup.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Friday Night Lights

    H.G. Bissinger was born in New York City in November of 1954. He spent time writing for the Philadelphia inquirer. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger is about a small town in Texas called Odessa. Permian High school football is a way of life and almost every kid dreams of wearing the black and white under Friday night lights some day. Permian's goal in the 1988 season was to reach the state championship. The competition is high and the road is tough, but will they find a way to get it done? What I found interesting in the novel Friday Night Lights was the descriptions of the characters and the setting. For example, in the beginning of the novel they described Odessa (the town) and Boobie Miles (star running back) extremely well. The descriptions were always clear, and I felt like I knew the characters and I lived in the Odessa. I also found the point of view changes very interesting. In the novel there were many point of view changes; in one chapter the point of view was from Boobie Miles. But the next was from a former Permian High player from the 1960's. Next I found that the language was interesting because the novel was based in Texas and some words I have never seen before or spelled differently. For example morning was spelled as mornin. Finally I thought that the plot was interesting and it had twists and turns. The weaknesses I found in the novel were that there wasn't too much plot about the football games, more about practices and the day of a game. In the novel there was not much game plot. Another weakness I found was the racism. I realized that people are still racist and it made me feel uncomfortable. The next weakness was that there wasn't a main protagonist. It was many peoples point of view and the book could have been better if it had a protagonist. Finally a weakness that came to my attention was the adjectives. Even though the novel Friday Night Lights had many weaknesses, it still was one of my favorite books. The strengths towered over the weaknesses and it was very enjoyable to read. I am looking forward to seeing the movie this weekend. If you love football like I do, I would recommend reading this Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the worst movies of 2004.

    I went to this movie in the theater, because I thought it would be good. But it wasn't. It was like a boring documentary. I went to this movie thinking I would like it, because I really liked "Remember the Titans", "The Rookie", "Miracle", and "Radio". But the movie was extremely boring. If I could have walked out of any movie in 2004, this would have been the one. This movie was absolutely horrible and I would not recommend it to anyone. During the movie, I looked at my watch a lot to see how much was left of the movie. Nothing can explain how horrible this movie truly was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just an OK movie....

    This movie was just "OK". It didn't build up the characters enough for you to really care about them. The action was good but you just couldn't care enough about these characters. Why was Billy Bob selling his house? Why did his wife ask him to move to Alaska? If you want a good football movie with great character depth and action, get "Remember the Titans".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This is an awesome movie, it goes in depth describing Texas high school football. In Texas it is either life or death. The movie shows the struggle of high school players who want a championship for their town, coach, and themselves. Great movie for any football player no matter what level. Highly recommend watching if u like football.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SEE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!

    I have seen fridaynight lights and it was good .The movie is about a small town in texas and how thyat the football games on friday where relly big every one went to the football games on fridaynight's. It all so gives you a look of how some perents might be if they drink .Tim McGraw plays a father that well is abusive and drinks a lot because he just want his son to do good and what he did not do on his high school football team when he played for the high school that his son gose to and plays for in the moviejoanna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EASLIY ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS MOVIES EVER

    Friday Night Lights is easily in the class of such movies like Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, and Miracle. The name of this class would be 'Best Sports Movies of All Time.' Friday Night Lights has a great story, great acting, and one of the best movies containing shots of the game of football. A must-buy for any football fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Football Movie Ever

    Friday Night Lights is easily the greatest football movie ever made and ranks in the top with other great sports movies. If you buy one sports movie all year, make it this one. The acting is superb, the story is deep, the football scenes are intense and realistic, and it is a real life look at a town that revolves completely around high school football.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm a big Billy Bob fan!

    Great movie! Billy Bob's performance is top-notch! The football action and plot twists were really cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This movie deserves an award for Best Picture. It is sad, realistic, and a surprising ending! I was kind of disappointed at the movie's ending, but when it was over, all I could think about was Billy Bob Thorton's Oscar-Winning performance in this great sports movie. I would give this movie 4 stars if it would have had a better ending.

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