Friday Night Lights

Synopsis: Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives.
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Peter Berg
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

It's Mojo Radio back on the air.

Slammin' Sammy here.

Football time in Texas.

Let's go to the phone.

We got, uh, Butch on the line with us.

Butch, what about it?

We'll have a great year, or what?

- How you doin'?

- Good, Butch. Tell me about this season.

We're gonna have

a hell of a season this year.

Winchell's gonna take us all the way.

- Deep slant tripps stacked right?

- Primary receiver's inside flanker.

- Z burst.

- My linemen are an 80 pass block.

- How deep is your drop?

- Five steps.

Five steps.

Tripps stacked left?

- Inside eight-yard curl.

- You gonna get a scholarship?

- Yes, Mom.

- Z receiver.

It's Mojo Radio, Slammin' Sammy,

and I've got Jerry on the line

with us from the Sonic down there.

Jerry, there's a lot of talk

that Coach Gaines,

with that $60,000 a year salary...

I know where we're goin' with this.

He makes a little bit more than

the principal of the school.

I read the book... Just last week,

I was readin' this book about Babe Ruth,

and they asked him

if he deserved his salary...

way back in 1910... 04, whatever it was,

and he said, Hey, you know...

They said, You make more

than the president.

He says, well, you know,

can the president hit a baseball?

I'm tellin' you right now,

you know, Coach Gary Gaines,

they could give him $100,000 a year,

and if these boys go undefeated,

it's worth every single dollar.

I tell you what, the principal, uh, of

Permian don't get 28,000 people...

I got two to three seconds of rotation

and my linemen are an 80 pass block.

Wide receiver?

He runs the... burst route.

If he sees cover two, he...

he bends outside, eight to 12 yards.

20 yards, and runs

straight to the sideline.

Are you ready for this, Mike?

Yo. Ivory!

Ready to work?

- 'Sup, Boobie?

- State.

State? State?

- State. State.

- State.

Where your girlfriend at, Water Bug?

- Well...

- We ain't got a girlfriend yet?

Come on. Let's go. Snap it up.

You wanna know why you

ain't got a girl yet, Water Bug?

- Why?

- You got the wrong shoes on, man.

You got on white Adidas.

Everybody know the shoe is Nikes.

Nothin' holds a nickel next to Nike.

Ask Ivory. Ask Preacher Man.

What kind of shoes

on your feet don't matter.

Come on, Preacher. Bullshit!

- Don't matter at all.

- You know God made black beautiful.

God made Boobie beautiful,

black and strong.

His mouth keeps gettin'

bigger and bigger and bigger.

And when Boobie knocks some fools out,

Boobie gonna knock 'em out with

black Nikes on his feet. Ain't that right?

I could knock you out

in a pair of flip-flops.

Yeah, well, I'm gonna knock 'em out

with Nikes on my feet,

and I'm gonna smile when I do.

Let's go. Five minutes. Let's go.

Get up. Let's go.

How y'all doin' up there?

Y'all doin' all right?

45, Boobie...

That's my nephew out there.

The boy can play some football.

I'm telling you.

I think he'll win the

Heisman Trophy someday.

The Heisman, really?

- Oh, yes sir. You can bet on it.

- I got it. I got it.

- Who's you guys' favorite player?

- Boobie Miles.

He can spin left. He can spin right.

Don't make no difference.

He can block, tackle,

score the touchdown, snap the ball,

hold the snap

and kick the extra point.

Hell, the boy will fill up

the Gatorade cooler,

walk the dog,

and paint your back porch.

I'm telling you, that boy

can flat out play football.

Ow! And he can pass!

- Should we believe the hype?

- What hype?

- The hype about Boobie Miles.

- No, hype is something that's not for real.

I'm all real.

- I'm Chris Comer. I'm a running back.

- So that means you're Boobie's backup?

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