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We Are Marshall

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Director  Joseph McGinty Nichol
Music director  Christophe Beck
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Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Sport
Screenplay  Jamie Linden
Country  United States
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Release date  December 22, 2006 (2006-12-22)
Writer  Jamie Linden (screenplay), Cory Helms (story), Jamie Linden (story)
Cast  Matthew McConaughey (Jack Lengyel), Matthew Fox (Red Dawson), Anthony Mackie (Nate Ruffin), David Strathairn (President Dedmon), Ian McShane (Paul Griffen), Kate Mara (Annie Cantrell)
Similar movies  Southpaw, Varsity Blues, Cars, The Blind Side, Real Steel, Foxcatcher
Tagline  From the ashes we rose.

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We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, along with five coaches, two athletic trainers, the athletic director, 25 boosters, and a crew of five. It also addresses the rebuilding of the program and the healing that the community undergoes.

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Matthew McConaughey stars as head coach Jack Lengyel, with Matthew Fox as assistant coach William "Red" Dawson, David Strathairn as university president Donald Dedmon, and Robert Patrick as ill-fated Marshall head coach Rick Tolley. Then-governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue has a cameo role as an East Carolina University football coach.

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It was scored by Christophe Beck and written by Jamie Linden. Dr. Keith Spears was the Marshall University consultant.

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Plot

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On the evening of November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 chartered by Marshall University to transport the Thundering Herd football team back to Huntington, West Virginia following their 17–14 defeat to the East Carolina University Pirates, clips trees on a ridge just one mile short of the runway at Tri-State Airport in Ceredo, West Virginia, and crashes into a nearby gully, killing all 75 people on board. The deceased include the 37 players; head coach Rick Tolley and five members of his coaching staff; Charles E. Kautz, Marshall's athletics director; team athletic trainer Jim Schroer and his assistant, Donald Tackett; sports information director and radio play-by-play announcer Gene Morehouse; 25 boosters; and five crew members.

In the wake of the tragedy, University President Donald Dedmon leans towards indefinitely suspending the football program, but he is ultimately persuaded to reconsider by the pleas of the Marshall students and Huntington residents, and especially the few football players who didn't make the flight, led by Nate Ruffin. Dedmon hires Jack Lengyel as head coach who, with the help of Red Dawson (one of two surviving members of the previous coaching staff) manages to rebuild the team in a relatively short time, despite losing many of their prospects to West Virginia University. Dedmon travels to Kansas City, where he pleads with the NCAA to waive their rule prohibiting freshmen from playing varsity football (a rule which had been abolished in 1968 for all sports except for football and basketball, and would be permanently abolished for those sports in 1972). Dedmon returns victorious.

The new team is composed mostly of the 18 returning players (three varsity, 15 sophomores) and walk-on athletes from other Marshall sports programs. Due to their lack of experience, the "Young Thundering Herd" ends up losing its first game, 29–6, to the Morehead State Eagles. The loss weighs heavily on Dawson and Ruffin, who had been hurt in the first play of the game. The Herd's first post-crash victory is a 15–13 win against Xavier University in the first home game of the season.

Cast

  • Matthew McConaughey – Jack Lengyel
  • Matthew Fox – William "Red" Dawson
  • Anthony Mackie – Nate Ruffin
  • Arlen Escarpeta – Reggie Oliver
  • David Strathairn – Donald Dedmon
  • Ian McShane – Paul Griffen
  • Kate Mara – Annie Cantrell
  • January Jones – Carole Dawson
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley – Sandy Lengyel
  • Brian Geraghty – Tom Bogdan
  • Tommy Cresswell – Gene Morehouse
  • Christian Kanupke – Keith Morehouse
  • Nina Jones – Mrs. Morehouse
  • Mike Pniewski – Bobby Bowden
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald – Fireman
  • Robert Patrick – Coach Rick Tolley (uncredited)
  • Filming

    Filming of We Are Marshall commenced on April 3, 2006, in Huntington, West Virginia, and was completed in Atlanta, Georgia. The premiere for the film was held at the Keith Albee Theater on December 12, 2006, in Huntington; other special screenings were held at Pullman Square. The movie was released nationwide on December 22, 2006.

    Several aspects of the film were changed for dramatic purposes, although the gist of the story was retained.

    Home media

    We Are Marshall was released on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray in the United States on September 18, 2007.

    Lawsuit

    Deborah Novak and John Witek, who produced the 2000 documentary Marshall University: Ashes to Glory, filed a $40 million lawsuit in federal court in California accusing Warner Bros. and others associated with the We Are Marshall film of fraud, copyright infringement, and breach of contract. Novak, who directed Marshall University: Ashes to Glory, is a Huntington native and Marshall alumnus. In October 2008, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in a summary judgment in favor of Warner Bros.

    Critical reception

    The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 49% out of 124 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 5.8/10 and the site consensus stating: "Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports."

    The film's directing was criticized by many reviewers. Peter Hartlaub, from the San Francisco Chronicle, blamed director McG for "half of the movie problems" and went further on saying that "He has a kinetic and kitschy style that could make next year's "Hot Wheels" movie a surprise hit, but he's completely out of place here." Peter Howell from the Toronto Star said the film lacked genuine drama or conflict.

    McConaughey's performance was, according to some critics, one of the film's highlights. Roger Moore from the Orlando Sentinel gave it 4 stars out of 5 and said in his review that "We Are Marshall (it's the rally cry of the team) doesn't always have a handle on the grief, but it does keep emotions close to the surface. That allows McConaughey to be the most refreshing, funny and believable he ever has been."

    References

    We Are Marshall Wikipedia
    We Are Marshall IMDb We Are Marshall themoviedb.org


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