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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Billy Bob Thornton
Lucas Black
Garrett Hedlund
Derek Luke
Directors
Peter Berg
Screenwriters
David Aaron Cohen
Running Time
117 minutes

Friday Night Lights
Billy Bob Thornton leads in this sports movie that's not about sport


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Plot
Based on a real-life story and book, Friday Night Lights follows the dramatic 1988 season of high school American football team the Permian Panthers, led by noble-minded head coach Gary Gaines (Thornton). This is a season that will come to enfold all the hopes, brutal realities and personal tragedies of a hardscrabble town called Odessa, lost among the desiccated plains of Texas.


Verdict
The best sports movie for years, as it's not about sport at all. Forget fears of jingoistic grandstanding, this is an un-American all-American tale that deserves attention.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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