12 Mighty Orphans Movie

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Who's Involved:

Robert Duvall, Michael De Luca, Vinessa Shaw, Luke Wilson, Scott Haze, Wayne Knight, Carlson Young, Ron White, Martin Sheen, Lane Garrison, Treat Williams, Jake Austin Walker, Heath Freeman, Ty Roberts, Natasha Bassett, Angelique De Luca, Brinton Bryan, Houston Hill, Kelly Frye, Jacob Lofland, Tyler Silva, Lucy Faust

Release Date:

Friday, June 11, 2021 Limited
Friday, June 18, 2021 Nationwide

violence, language, some suggestive references, smoking and brief teen drinking
Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

The true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up his privileged position to teach and coach at the orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn't beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football. Over the course of their winning season, these ultimate underdogs became an inspiration to their city, state, and entire nation.

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Who stars in 12 Mighty Orphans: Cast List

... Coach Rusty Russell

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... Doc Hall

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... Mason Hawk

Jack Reacher, Open Range  

... Juanita Russell

Big Miracle, After the Fall  

... Frank Wynn

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... Hardy Brown

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... Amon Carter

A Little Bit of Heaven, Barefoot  

... Sheriff Red Wright

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Who's making 12 Mighty Orphans: Crew List

A look at the 12 Mighty Orphans behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Ty Roberts last directed The Iron Orchard. The film's writer Ty Roberts last wrote The Iron Orchard.


Ty Roberts


Ty Roberts


Brinton Bryan
Houston Hill
Angelique De Luca
Michael De Luca

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Production: What we know about 12 Mighty Orphans?

Key Facts

  1. Adaptation of the book "Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football" by Jim Dent .

Filming Timeline

  1. 2021 - April: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2021 - February: The film was set to Post-Production  status.
  3. 2019 - August: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.
  4. 2019 - July: The film was set to Development  status.

12 Mighty Orphans Release Date: When was the film released?

12 Mighty Orphans was a Limited release in 2021 on Friday, June 11, 2021. There were 9 other movies released on the same date, including Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, The Misfits and In the Heights.

As a Limited release, 12 Mighty Orphans will only be shown in select movie theaters across major markets. Please check Fandango and Atom Tickets to see if the film is playing in your area.

12 Mighty Orphans DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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12 Mighty Orphans was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 .

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