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Forever Strong (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 26 September 2008 (USA)
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A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.

Director:

Ryan Little

Writers:

David Pliler, Dony West (song)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Coach Larry Gelwix
Sean Astin ... Marcus Tate
Neal McDonough ... Coach Richard Penning
Sean Faris ... Rick Penning
Julie Warner ... Natalie Penning
Penn Badgley ... Lars
Eliot Schwartz Eliot Schwartz ... Marty (as Eliot Benjamin)
Michael J. Pagan ... Kurt
Nathan West ... Quentin
Max Kasch ... Griggs
Arielle Kebbel ... Emily
Kepa Kruse ... Tumo (as John Kepa Kruse)
Junior Salt Junior Salt ... Peeta
Jeremy Earl ... Sanchez
Larry Bagby ... Coach Cal
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Storyline

Rick Penning, the 17-year-old star player on his coach/father's rugby team, lands inside the Wasatch County Juvenile Detention Center following his second drunk driving conviction (and where his father leaves him to rot). Mistrust and dislike of the situation makes Rick anything but a model prisoner, but counselors at the center nonetheless hook him up with the Highland Rugby Team, a team renowned for its long string of successive state championships. Its coach, Larry Gelwix, has a surprisingly unexpected philosophy: train boys to be champions in life first, then on the field. Rick doesn't buy into this, which could earn him some time in State Prison if he doesn't turn his life and attitude around by the time he turns 18. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

The Greatest Victories are Born in the Heart

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Ryan Little Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Provo, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,283, 3 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$630,649, 2 November 2008
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Larry Gelwix participated in the film as both a cast member (referee #4), and as the film's Rugby technical advisor, also receiving a "special thanks" credit in the end titles. His daughter, Jenny Gelwix, also participated in the film, as the Rugby wardrobe coordinator. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Rick angrily charges at a sideline bench, there are people right next to it. When the camera switches to show Rick kicking down the bench, the people have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Rick Penning: [teaching the rules of rugby to other inmates] Now, if you get tackled and you go down, you must release the ball back to one of your own guys. Then he takes it and goes. We don't stop. There's no huddles, no time-outs.
Detention Boy: So, it's kinda like football and soccer?
Rick Penning: It's kinda like Rugby.
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Crazy Credits

After the full credits roll, the team can be seen chanting on the field. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Larry Gelwix: No Regrets (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing Less
Written by Jason Ilczynski
Performed by The Travezty
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Highland Rugby & the Haka
25 September 2008 | by oldexileSee all my reviews

From Goff on Rugby: "Salt Lake City is a destination point for many young people of Polynesian extraction, especially those of the Mormon faith, and there are many. Despite the fact that many Highland detractors assume anyone with a Pacific-sounding name is in the country temporary, that's not true." "Highland High School has, for years, been designated as an English as a Second Language school, and as such gets many kids whose parents were born overseas. And often the kids were too. Some of them play rugby."

http://rugbyimports.com/web/newsarchives/052405.htm

So, if the rugby club has a considerable percentage of Pacific Islanders, is it more believable for them to be doing the Haka? While the All Blacks have made the Haka famous, it's not exclusive to NZ. Other Pacific islands (Tonga, Samoa)perform a Haka as well.

It's not a requirement to be Maori to be selected as an All Black, but you will be expected to perform the Haka. Highland does perform the Haka, and has done the version(KaMaTe)made famous by the All Blacks. I don't know if it's appropriate for them to do so, but they do, so in that respect the movie is accurate.

Unfortunately, if the story line is mediocre, it may do more harm than good for the image of rugby in the USA. Haka or not, people will just see a lame movie with rugby as the main plot device. Won't know 'til I see it.


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