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The Slaughter Rule

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Initial DVD release  February 17, 2003
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Sport
Music director  Jay Farrar
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Director  Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith
Writer  Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith
Release date  2002
Initial release  January 8, 2003 (New York City)
Directors  Andrew J. Smith, Alex Smith
Cast  Ryan Gosling (Roy Chutney), David Morse (Gideon 'Gid' Ferguson), Clea DuVall (Skyla Sisco), David Cale (Floyd aka Studebaker), Eddie Spears (Tracy Two Dogs), Kelly Lynch (Evangeline Chutney)
Similar movies  Ryan Gosling appears in The Slaughter Rule and Remember the Titans

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Roy (Ryan Gosling) gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground. It is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence. Enter Gideon (David Morse), a loner living on the roughneck fringe who is looking for gamers - kids who scrap hard - to play on his six-man football squad. Roy joins the Renegades, and he and Gideon enter into tenuous friendship that pushes the limits of male bonding.


The Slaughter Rule is an independent film, released in 2002 and starring Ryan Gosling and David Morse. The movie, set in contemporary Montana, explores the relationship between a small-town high school football player (Gosling), and his troubled coach (Morse). The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.


A teenager at a personal crossroads finds himself questioning the things that have given his life meaning in this independent coming-of-age drama. Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling) is a high school senior in the fictional Montana town of Blue Springs. Roy does not have an especially close relationship with his mother Evangelline (Kelly Lynch), and he has not seen his father in years. That does not prevent Roy from feeling emotionally devastated when he learns that his father has killed himself, and Roys self-esteem takes a beating when he is cut from the high school football team shortly afterward. Roy whiles away his time swilling beer with his best friend, Tracy Two Dogs (Eddie Spears), and falling into a romance with Skyla (Clea DuVall), a barmaid at a local tavern, but it seems Roys short time on the high school gridiron impressed Gideon Ferguson (David Morse), a local character who coaches an unsanctioned high school six man football team when he is not delivering newspapers or trying to score a gig singing country songs at nearby honky-tonks. Gid thinks Roy has potential, and asks him to join his team; encouraged by Gids belief in him, Roy agrees, and he persuades Tracy to tag along. While playing hardscrabble six-man football helps restore Roys self-confidence, he finds it does not answer his questions about his future or his relationship with Skyla, and when Gids overwhelming interest in Roy begins to lend credence to the rumors that Gid is gay, Roy starts to wonder just why he was asked to join the team.

Similar Movies

Ryan Gosling appears in The Slaughter Rule and Remember the Titans. Northfork (2003). Gridiron Flash (1934). All the Right Moves (1983). Any Given Sunday (1999).


Jay Farrar, founder of the acclaimed alternative country bands Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, composed the films musical score.

Filming for the movie largely took place in Great Falls, Montana and a series of small towns in the Great Falls vicinity.

The title of the film comes from the term "slaughter rule". This rule provides for an athletic competitions premature conclusion, when one team is ahead of the other by a certain number of points prior to games end, so as to avoid the losing team being further humiliated by the winning team. An example is the 45-point rule used in six-man football competition in Texas.


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