We Are Marshall

Synopsis: In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971?
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): McG
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

In the middle of Huntington,

West Virginia, there is a river.

Next to this river, there is a steel mill.

And next to the steel mill,

there is a school.

In the middle of this school,

there is a fountain.

Each year, on the exact same day,

at the exact same hour...

...the water to this fountain is turned off.

And in this moment, once every year...

...throughout the town,

throughout the school...

...time stands still.

Chris Griffen with a reception.

That is a first down.

But Marshall is all out of time-outs,

and the clock is now ticking.

If they wanna get another play off,

the Herd had better hurry.

Call it in, Red! Call it in!

-Griffen! Okay, Chris Griffen! Hustle up!

-l'm good, l'm good.

The Herd looks a little disorganized.

They're looking for a play from the sideline,

and they are almost out of time.

We are talking about seconds.

Marshall needs to get down and over--

-77-Victory. Go! Go, go, go!

-Yes, sir.

V, 77! V, 77!

Come on! Snap the ball!


Snap it! Snap it! Snap it!

Come on!


Strong side! He's open!

He's open! Throw!

And that'll be it for the Herd.

That's right, the clock has hit all zeroes...

...and the Carolina faithful

are already on their feet.

So there you have it.

-It's all over, folks.

-Good game, Red.

Marshall loses a tough one,

1 7- 1 4 to the East Carolina Pirates.

Red's got his work cut out for him.

Well, there goes my weekend.

Red'll be in the film room till Monday.

He'd better.

Your husband hasn't figured out

how to beat the 3-4 all year.

Co-captain Nate Ruffin

and cornerback Tom Bogdan...

...are two of four starters who were

left back in Huntington due to injuries.

Surprised to see you. Figured the chairman

of the school board would be at the game.

This place won't run itself,

you know that.

-Furnace ready for the tap?


The next week is a must-win.

They're all must-wins, Gene.

No word yet on whether any or all of the

injured players will be available next--

Hey, Sandy, can l get

some more foil in here?

The score, 1 7- 1 4, East Carolina Pirates.

Quarterback Teddy Shoebridge....

l got it!

Hey, where's the flag?

Where's the flag? Flag on--

Fifty-five! Blocking in the--

--if that confusion on the Marshall sideline

at the end of the game...

...won't make that target on

Coach Tolley's back a little bit bigger.

l'm not gonna ask you guys again.

Dinner's ready.

That means you too, Keith.

Please, just a few more seconds?

Dad's not off yet.

He'll still be droning on about that game

when he gets home tonight.

Get out from under there,

Keith Morehouse.

l'm Gene Morehouse saying

good night, and go Herd!


...you gave a good effort out there today.

But let me be clear about this:

A good effort is not enough.

Now, l'm proud of you.

But l will not accept losing with you.

Because there's only one thing

they judge us on.

There's only one thing people remember.

And it ain't how we play the game!


...is everything.

Plane leaves in an hour.

We'll be home by 8.

Plenty of time for y'all to do whatever

the hell y'all do on a Saturday night.

Now, see, Bogdan, the reason we lost

is because we weren't there.

Chocolate Thunder, White Lightning? We the

best defensive players in the conference.

l'm Chocolate Thunder, right?

Why you so scared to introduce me

to your girlfriend, then?

Listen, stop being so

overconfident, Ruffin.

All right, Rock, Paper, Scissors for tickets.

Let's go, right now.

lt's okay. l'll get the popcorn.

East Carolina?

l mean, l can understand giving up

But East Carolina?

Well, you can't do nothing

about injuries, you know?

What happened? ls it broken?

lt's dislocated.

What's wrong with you, Tom?

Come on, man. Gonna miss the previews.

Nineteen carries, 1 08 yards, Paul,

your boy Chris played a hell of a game.

l'd have taken the win any day.

lsn't that right, Don?

What, now, we didn't win?

You of all people, Don.

lf you're not gonna listen to the game...

...you gotta know the result

so you can pretend you did.

-Well, l'm doing my best, Paul.

-You hungry?

No, thank you. l'm all set.

Lloyd? Usual for me tonight,

just more of it. l'm starving.

-You got it.

-Go ahead, excuse me.

Well, the board has asked me

to run a few ideas through you...

...about some potential improvements

to the university's physical plant.

There's Chris!

What took you so long to call?

Tell Joe he can't run it to the inside....

Slow down, Reggie. Just listen.

-l just need a favor, not your life story.

-What you need?

l need you to go get us a case

of Falls City Beer. Falls City.

-Go to the liquor store on Fourth. Yeah.

-Fourth Street?

-Hey, are the guys with you?

-Yeah, Reggie.

What is it, godd--?

That's right, Reggie. You carry the two

and you divide by the sum....

Yeah, math class is over.

Let's get on the plane. Come on.

-l'll see you in a couple of hours, right?

-You know you are.

-l'm gonna stay at my dad's house tonight.


He's gonna wanna go over his

post-game breakdown.

Sorry. We've been doing it

since l was a kid.

You gonna tell him about California, right?

Are you kidding? After a loss?

We want him in a good mood.


Don't worry. l will.

Just not this weekend.

Griffen! Let's go!

l love you, Chris Griffen.

Come on, Annie!

-Race you back.

-Let's go! Hurry up!

l'm coming!

What's this concert you're missing?

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