2006 | PG-13 | Drama Sports
Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together. more
In Movie Theaters U.S. Friday, September 15
, 2006 Tuesday, January 23
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for some startling scenes of violence, mature thematic material and language
"Gridiron Gang" tells the uplifting story of detention camp probation officer, Sean Porter ("The Rock"), who creates a high-school-level football team from a ragtag group of dangerous teenage inmates as a means to teach them self-respect and social responsibility. He is joined in this experiment by co-worker, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit). But Porter must first overcome almost universal resistance from the powers that be — his skeptical bosses and coaches at rival high schools who don't want their players mixing it up with convicted criminals on the football field.
Trivia & Production Notes
- Based on a true story about a group of teenagers at a juvenile detention center who gain confidence and self-respect when their counselor puts them on a football team. The story was made into a TV documentary of the same name in 1993 with Louis Gossett, Jr. as host. The film will be shot in Camp Kilpatrick, the Los Angeles County Probation Department facility where the story takes place.
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