12 Mighty Orphans Movie

12 Mighty Orphans movie poster

Who's Involved:

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

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

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

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

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

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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