Synopsis: A documentary that follows the Manassas Tigers football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged football team -- who were even hired out as a practice team for more successful schools -- as they reverse their fortunes, thanks to coach Bill Courtney.
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Let's see here.

Starting right guard, shot.

No longer in school.

Starting linebacker, shot,

no longer in school.

Two players fighting right

in front of the coach when he's

trying to make things work out.

Starting center, arrested for shooting

somebody in the face with a BB gun.

Most coaches, that

would be pretty much

a career's worth

of crap to deal with.

I think that sums up

the last two weeks for me.

And you know what?

I know damn good and well

what I sign up for every year.

And I keep coming back,

because I love this program,

and I feel very responsible

to make sure that you guys

have a football season

that you can be proud of.

And I will kill myself

to make that happen.

This is our season.

I don't care what happens.

Back in the day,

when the Firestone plant

was up and working, the North Memphis

area used to be a booming place.

There was industry and there

were people in homes.

Since the plant closed, that

neighborhood just went to heck.

I mean the people moved out,

the jobs were gone.

As a result the football

program fell off the map.

When I came, the winning scores

were very, um...

I don't remember winning.

For almost ten to 14 years,

we never won a football game.

We'd play ten games.

And we ended up 0-10.

Oh, you know when you

see Manassas on the schedule,

oh, we gonna beat them.

We don't even gotta

practice hard.

Bookie, come say hello to me!

Are you actually here

to work out today?

- I am!

- I am so proud of you...

What's up?

A freshman... 15 years old.

If it hadn't

been for Coach Courtney,

I don't know where

we would be right now.

He's what got

the kids so excited

about the opportunities...

and the possibilities.

He's the one that's got them

headed in that direction.

The foundation

has got to be a solid platform

that you can stand on and

speak to these kids and say,

"This is the way

you build yourself.

If you build yourself this way

and handle yourself this way

and have character.

You get to play football."

And winning will

take care of itself

because young men of character

and discipline and commitment

end up winning in life.

And they end up

winning in football.

Well, when you flip it,

and the foundation of what

you're doing is football,

and you hope all that

other stuff follows...

Well, then you think

football builds character.

Which it does not.

Football reveals character.

All right,

shut up and listen up.

Where's Big Kenneth?

Has anybody seen Big Kenneth?


All right, listen up.

Everybody imagine the state

of Tennessee on a map. OK?

Way over in the corner, you got

Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Toward the middle

you got Nashville.

And you come on down here.

Everybody outside of Memphis,

do you know what they say

the biggest city

in Mississippi is?


The rest of the state, doesn't even

claim us when it comes to football.

We're viewed by people outside the West

Tennessee area who've played us...


not very well coached,

running around acting

a fool before the game.

About everything other than

football, and about ourselves,

rather than about the team.

You have a responsibility

this year, guys,

just like the teams

that came before you.

You have a responsibility

to play hard.

You have a responsibility to take

care of yourself in the classroom.

And you have a responsibility

to show Memphis

what Manassas

Football is about.

As you all know,

we got work to do today.

Lots of learning.

Everybody's head right.

When I got there...

...there was 17 kids for

a varsity football program.

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