Gridiron Gang

Gridiron Gang

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Director: Phil Joanou

Cast: Phil Joanou, The Rock, Jade Yorker, Xzibit

     
 

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The true story of the football team that proved sometimes second chances can make a difference comes to the screen in director Phil Joanou's tale of self-respect and social responsibility on the gridiron. Sean Porter (The Rock) is a detention camp probation officer who oversees the inmates at Camp Kilpatrick inSee more details below

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The true story of the football team that proved sometimes second chances can make a difference comes to the screen in director Phil Joanou's tale of self-respect and social responsibility on the gridiron. Sean Porter (The Rock) is a detention camp probation officer who oversees the inmates at Camp Kilpatrick in Los Angeles and isn't willing to simply write off the violent offenders who have been placed in his care. Though their prospects for the future are decidedly bleak, Porter is convinced that if he can just get through to his adolescent inmates they may finally be able to turn their lives around and make amends for the mistakes of their past. When Porter's proposal of forming a high-school-level football team at Camp Kilpatrick meets with skepticism and resistance in the highest ranks, the determined coach puts his career on the line to prove that even convicted criminals can acquire the tools needed to build a brighter future when given the proper motivation and the means of doing so. Inspired by filmmaker Jac Flanders' 1993 documentary of the same name, Gridiron Gang features a screenplay penned by In the Line of Fire scribe Jeff Maguire, and features a supporting cast that includes Leon Rippy, Kevin Dunn, and Detroit-born rapper-turned-actor Xzibit.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Los Angeles gang-bangers trade street violence for mayhem on the football field in this uplifting, inspirational drama featuring former wrestling superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His reality-based character, Sean Porter, works at a juvenile correction center with an abnormally high recidivism rate. Trying to curb or at least harness the violent impulses of his youthful charges, Porter decides to put together a football team -- even though the center’s budget doesn’t allow for adequate facilities, uniforms, or support from personnel. What’s more, the kids don’t seem especially interested. Still, Porter gradually wins the respect of his pugnacious players. Director Phil Joanou employs the Rock’s charismatic presence to good effect, and supporting players Jade Yorker and David Thomas are excellent as opposing gang members who eventually put their differences aside to make the team cohere. Erstwhile hip-hop star Xzibit also scores as Porter’s assistant, giving a surprisingly measured and skillful performance. Action is plentiful both inside the center and out, and the omnipresent threat of violence lends considerable suspense to this tense yet ultimately satisfying inner-city saga.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2007
UPC:
0043396163058
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Commentary with writer and director ; Gridiron Gang football training; Phil Joanou profile; The Rock takes the field; Multi-angle: Football scene

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Sean Porter
Jade Yorker Willie Weathers
Xzibit Malcolm Moore
Leon Rippy Paul Higa
Kevin Dunn Dexter
David Thomas Calvin Owens
Trevor O'Brien Kenny Bates
Setu Taase Junior Palaita
Brandon Mychal Smith Bug
Maurice McRae Leon Hayes
James Earl Donald Madlock
Jamal Mixon Evans
Vanessa Ferlito Actor

Technical Credits
Phil Joanou Director
Floyd Albee Production Designer
J. Stephan Buck Asst. Director
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Cohen Co-producer
Jeff Cutter Cinematographer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Randi Hiller Casting
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Jeff Maguire Screenwriter
Kenneth McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Joel Negron Editor
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Michael Rachmil Executive Producer
Lynwood Spinks Executive Producer
Lee Stanley Producer
Shane Stanley Executive Producer

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