In the scenes where she is present, we learn more about what drives Porter. Many feel that they would have won if it wasn't for fourth quarter mistakes and unfortunate penalties. The real Camp Kilpatrick Mustangs did not and do not have cheerleaders at their games, especially not cheerleaders bused in from a local girls correctional facility. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Mostly, it serves to humanize Porter and to round out his character. However, though this film has a great message, it has many content concerns. As I left the theater I was in awe that it was all drama.
A gun is fired in a convenience store and it is implied that a man was killed. One boy is shot in the chest and falls bloodied to the sidewalk. Cheerleaders dance with suggestive movements in a few scenes. Find answers in our popular TeenQs section. There, the kids gave Sean flowers for his mom, and he began to cry. Most of the film was shot on location at the L. After viewing the film, test audiences found this part of the movie hard to believe, that gang members would cry like that.
Based on a true story, Gridiron Gang sends out a message that one man can make a difference and the most hopeless kids in our society can change the course of their lives through hard work, commitment and bold leadership. The sports program at Camp Kilpatrick was actually started in 1986 with the formation of a basketball squad. One of those films was called Gridiron Gang, which was based on a true story about a juvenile probation officer named Sean Porter, who wanted to make a difference with all the troubled kids he crossed paths with. The Emmy Award winning documentary Gridiron Gang was aired on television in 1993. In one part of the movie a character by the name of Willie Weathers is being spectated by some of his former gang members.
Several dozen obscenities and profanities, one strong, in the context of a juvenile prison. He poses some humorous questions and observations for the two actors. Actors Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone have all at some point expressed interest in playing Coach Porter. Audio Commentary - Phil Joanou and writer Jeff Maguire the director and writer , talk about making the film, with a ton of technical talk, casting, and the true story behind the movie. There is a also violence, both on the field and off, but there is nothing too graphic. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class.
As his gang members went to finish him off with a second bullet, Willie tackled his gang friend who then ran off the field shooting at police. Dwayne pictured left received a five year scholarship to the University of Miami, where he began his college football career. Some will call this story a cliché, but sports are only about winning or losing — and how we play the game. This one will hit you like a defensive linebacker — right in the gut. References to crack cocaine and marijuana use; characters briefly slug alcohol from the bottle in one scene.
The real Sean Porter moved on from his job at Camp Kilpatrick to become a manager for five camps prisons for kids in the Western region. Malcolm Moore brought Sean Porter into the gymnasium not a dorm as shown in the film. As for Coach Porter's dad, it's revealed that the man was hard driving and angry. He seems to have a knack for knowing when to be the disciplinarian and when to ease up and just listen. People were always concerned with the character that would be there.
They are either released from Camp Kilpatrick or move on to adult prison facilities. In addition to that, each of the actors went through vigorous training in football to make each game look ultra-realistic, which pays off tremendously. The program is very much the same, with almost all of the players only on the team for one season. He furrows his brow with concern, offers soft-spoken words of encouragement, and wrestles with his own daddy issues. For anyone who understands the power of sports to transform a boy into a man, and a man into a role model, however, this is definitely the film to watch.
Over a decade later, Gridiron Gang still holds up and is one of The Rock's finest performances. Never do we doubt that this man used to be a football player he was , nor that he is a seasoned probation officer who truly cares about his kids. It's full of depth and bass, which gives it a great low end that rumbles nicely. Those sound effects though are powerful and pack a big bunch each time a player flies into another opponent. Crude language includes a number of raw references to male and female body parts.
As long as parents are able to communicate this with their children after the movie, I heartily recommend it. For others — like boys who have no reason to live, and nothing left but hope — football really is life. Which only goes to show that there truly is a good story here. He also uses a rolled up magazine to smack Willie around to make him wake up literally, and figuratively. He then goes out to find a league with teams that are willing to play on Saturdays, against opponents with rap sheets.
As the team develops, grudging respect develops and is nurtured. Two young men threaten each other and confront each other. Today, Lucero works closely with gang members from Los Angeles neighborhoods, as he tries to lead them to a better future. This scene from the film did happen. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends. Afraid and angry, Willie pulls his pistol and begins firing, killing the man.