Gridiron Gang

Synopsis: In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Phil Joanou
Production: Sony Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min


Most 16, 17-year-old kids,

they make a bad choice,

something gets broken,

they screw up in class,

hurt somebody's feelings,

show up at the prom drunk,

they get sent to the principal's office,

have their car keys taken away

or get grounded.

Then there's kids, they make a bad choice,

somebody ends up shot dead

in a parkin' lot.

Those kids get sent here.

- Get off me, homey!

- Hey, man!

I'll shut your mouth, punk!

- Weathers! Get off of 'im! Get off-a him!

- You don't know me! Shut your mouth!

- Get off me! Don't you ever diss my hood.

- I got him! Just get the door!

Goddamn 88.

Let's go, Weathers!

Go back to sleep, guys. Lay down.

What is wrong with you?


G'night, Weathers.

Back to bed, gentlemen.

Mr. Porter?

Gettin' beat in the middle of the night,

how do you like it, Roger? You like that?

Whatchu hitting me for?

What'd you hit Kelvin Owens for?

He dissed my hood.

And now he's up there asleep

and you're stuck in here.

So what does that make you?

Hey, man. Can you do dat?

- Can I do what?

- Be smackin' me and sh*t.

I guess I can.

Sh*t, man!

Roger, you're 1 7 years old.

Where you gonna be in four years, huh?

I don't know.

Answer me.

Where you gonna be when you're 21?

Probably in jail.


Look at me!

What'd you say?

In jail.

No. You're not gonna be in jail.

You're gonna be dead.

You're a good kid, Roger.

But you're gonna be

back out on the streets tomorrow.

Back in your hood with your homeys.

You wanna stay alive, you gotta make a life

for yourself outside of your set.

If you don't do that,

if you don't find an alternative,

you're gonna die.

If you want any kinda help,

if you want to talk, I'm here for you.

Think about it.

Man, the moon be playin' with me, dawg.

Locked up at camp, used to look up

and see it all white and clean.

And think how it's the same o'er here

in the hood, only it's all dirty and sh*t.

Look, man, you back in the hood now, man.

You best forget that moon.

Keep your eyes on this here street, man.

You're back, baby.

Yo, I remember this poem said once,

"The moon is a friend

for the Ionesome to talk to."

Damn, girl.

You got a poem for everything that come up.

Didn't I tell you she was smart?

Yeah, she so smart

why is she witchu, dawg?

Ya know,

I ask myself that question all the time.

There they go. There they go.

Yo, lil' homeys. 9-5s just jacked

my lil' bro's bike. We gotta get it back.

Yeah, man. Y'all got to come with us.

Case we gotta apply some force

to these niggas, man.

Man, don't look to her

when there's work to be done, dawg.

Look, man, I ain't got no heat.

I'm out here naked, man.

That's cool. I got a extra fo-fo.

Man, what's the matter witcha'll two?

What, you ain't ridin' for the hood no more?

Hey, yo, chill, C-Co.

Hold up.

So, whatchu wanna do here, man?

Look, man, if you wanna just chill,

we don't gotta do this, man.

There she goes.

Yeah, there she go.

Man, we wastin' time out here. Come on.

I'm cool.

Yo, man, this ain't no damn math quiz.

Is you ridin' or not?

Here, bro, you ain't naked no more.

- Come on, man.

- Let's roll out.

Put that sh*t away, man. Hurry up.

Where these niggas at anyway, man?

They 95s, right?

Yo, where these...

- Damn, man!

- See, the nigga ain't even breathin', man.

- Lil' Dove!

- Sh*t! He's dead, man!

Sh*t, man, the damn niggas comin'...

He's comin' back.

- Man, let's go.

- Come on, nigga!

Sh*t! Damn!

Damn it!


Baby! Roger!


Oh, God!

I saw the whole damn thing, officer.

Destroying the community.

Get all them damn gangs.


Who did this?

95s, man.

One they call Klick.

Yeah, all right.

I know how it hurts. You and Raja

like lil' brothers to me, all right?

We gotta do right by him.

Me, I'll deal with Klick.

You put in work on his brother.

His name's Anthony.

Works nights, Parkside Market.

Free, let me go wit 'im.

I want to smoke some 95s too, man.

C-Co, this here is Drac's work. Right?

For Raja.

Oh, God!

Oh, God!

All right, put all reading and writing material

and games away.

Hey, come on, homes.

If I see it, it's confiscated.

- Sean.

- What's goin' on?

Back up a little bit.

Roger Weathers got killed

in a drive-by today.

I said don't rush me, b*tch!

See what happens?


- Wassup?

- Get back! Enough! Come on!


Junior. Hey!

To the box.

I know the way.

You get your hands

behind your back, mister.

We got your back, homey.

That's the third time in the box

this week for Junior.

Back in your bunks.

Anyone else wanna laugh and joke

with him in the box? Is that it?

I'll send somebody's ass back to the box.

Christ, Malcolm, what are we doin' here?

We're like goddamn sheepherders.

We fatten 'em up and put 'em right back

on the street where they get slaughtered.

Tell me about it.

We're not even makin' a dent.



Where's Anthony at?

In the back.

Go, baby! Go!

Don't do this, please.

I got two little boys at home.

For my dead homey!

No, don't do this.

Oh, my God, what are you do...

Oh, sh*t!


Where you been?

I thought somethin' happened to you.

Naw, I'm a'ight.

Bro, y'all gonna

shoot the boys killed Roger?

Dewayne, why would you say...

Just shut up.

'Sup, man?

Come here.

- Wassup, Ma?

- Here.

What's this?

- It was an accident.

- "Accident."

Accident? Why you keep lettin' him

do this to you, Ma?

Rate this script:0.0 / 0 votes

Jeff Maguire

Jeff Maguire (born 1952) is an American screenwriter.Regarded for his talent for writing sports films, Jeff Maguire got his first screenwriting break with his script Escape to Victory, a film about soccer directed by John Huston in 1981. His most recent contribution is Gridiron Gang, released in 2006. Maguire's most famous film is In the Line of Fire starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, for which he received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for 1993. In 1990 Maguire was approached by producer Jeff Apple to develop his Secret Service agent concept into a film treatment. Maguire was in debt to his relatives and about to have his utilities turned off when his script based on Apple's concept, "In the Line of Fire," went into a bidding war between Tom Cruise, Sean Connery, and Clint Eastwood. When he received a call from Eastwood congratulating him on the completed deal (over $1,000,000.00) Jeff's wife reportedly had to return a dress so they could afford to go out to dinner to celebrate. Prior to this, various moguls had rejected and almost destroyed the story. Dustin Hoffman cleverly added the hero's guilt over failing to save JFK, then exited; Tom Cruise's people demanded this be deleted, because a 28-year-old hero would not have been around for JFK. The dead-broke writer spurned about $100,000 from Cruise, but wound up with Clint Eastwood and about $1,000,000.Jeff Maguire is a graduate of Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Maguire was once a railroad worker, a waiter, and a volunteer counselor with Mother Teresa's group, Missionaries of Charity, in the Pico-Union section of downtown Los Angeles, working primarily with Hispanic gangs. In the 1980s and 90s, he also frequented the famous Manhattan Beach, California video store Video Archives, where future filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary were clerks. Today, Jeff Maguire is a follower of Meher Baba and has contributed to the Meher Baba journal, Glow International.Jeff Maguire appears in In the Line of Fire briefly as a secret service officer running alongside the president's limousine. more…

All Jeff Maguire scripts | Jeff Maguire Scripts

0 fans

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Gridiron Gang" STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 28 May 2024. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.