Synopsis: Coming of age in small-town Oklahoma. High schooler Cal Chetley is a brainy beanpole who lives with his widowed mother. Ten years earlier his father, a state wrestling champion, died in a car crash. Cal's older brother Mike, also a former wrestling champion but now down and out at 28, is estranged from the family. Over the course of a fall and winter, Cal joins the high school wrestling team while searching out Mike to ask for help. Mike rejects the offer, but Cal is persistent. Will Mike accept the challenge or is he destined to let Cal down? Giving advice and encouragement are an enigmatic old man named Red and a quirky friend named Luli. Then, there's Cal's mom who must be reckoned with.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Mel Damski
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


They call it the "Sooner State."

So named for those early pioneers

who jumped the gun

in the Land Rush of the 1880s.

Sooners, as in, too soon.

As in, maybe they didn't exactly

follow the rules.

l say this

certainly not to pass judgement,

for my granddaddy was a sooner,

but to suggest, my friends,

the spirit that is Oklahoma,

and thereby the heart of its people.

An ambitious bunch of independent,

strong-willed survivors

who tend to live

by the principle of feast or famine.

You see, in Oklahoma,

not all legends are about victory.

Some are less obvious.

Some you don't see coming.

Some are born out of struggle.






lf l don't get that pump fixed,

y'all are going to have to reside

in the bathtub.

Which will not be popular

with the owner of that bathtub

because l know y'all pee in there.

All right.


Come on.


Hey, look. lt's Chetley.

Hey, Chetley.

What are you doing? Bathing?

You feeling lucky?

l don't know, Barrow.

-ls your mother here?

-What the hell does that mean?

Dude, with your mom?

(SCOFFS) So gross.

Shut up.

My mother?



He's not worth it.

Later, sucker.

Hey, there.


The name's Red. Yours?

l'm Cal.

l couldn't help but notice

you had a little trouble here, huh?

Oh, that. You know, it's...

lt happens.

Kind of an easy target.

Maybe. But you stood up to him.


Any special place l can drop a line?

-Well, the fish bite better on that side.


Yeah, yeah. All right then. Well, l'm off.

See if l can come face to face

with one of those nice fat catfish.



See you again.

See you later.

"Peace, my fearless friend,

"who touched so many

with his courage and heart.

"You took it far. We'll take it from here.

"Harry Newman."



-Hi, darling.

-Hi, darling.

-What are you doing?

-Just waiting for you.

-What's that?


Did somebody hit you?

Tell me who, Calvin.

Why? What are you gonna do,

pop a cap in his butt?

-l could.

-Then we'd have to move.

Where would you like to move to?

North coast of lreland, maybe?

Come here.

Bet this never happened to Mike, huh?


l was thinking

we might get some chicken tonight.

We could.

Could a third person come along?


His name is Larry Edwards.

How come l've never heard

of this Larry Edwards?

Well, he's on his way over.

You can say hi.

What does this Larry Edwards do?

He's the assistant district attorney.

Oh! That's good. That means this guy

will be paying for dinner.


-You would think.

-Want to come?

-No. No, then he won't pay.

When you dine with the actual

district attorney, you can let me know.

There's a few things

l'd like to discuss with him.

That's my boy.

-Hey, Ma, you heard from Mike lately?



-Just wondering.

-What's he been doing?

-l don't know.

He's on an oil rig somewhere.

Gather up the rest of the guys

and meet over at the tool shed

in about 1 0 minutes, all right? Chetley!


Listen, l'm real sorry, Mike,

but l got to let you go.

We hit TD on this one.

Basin's slow. Looks like we're going

to have to idle one of the rigs.

l'll keep your name on file

and give you a call

when we get back up to speed.

How long?

l couldn't tell you.




Hello, Mrs Chetley.

Hello, Studley Do-Right. How's your day?

lt sucks.

l have a meeting

for the school newspaper and a late lab.

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