Gridiron Gang

Directed By: Phil Joanou Starring: Jade Yorker

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars in this gritty and inspirational movie based on a true story of a group of teenage delinquents given a second chance to redeem themselves by playing football. Sean Porter (Johnson) is a frustrated juvenile probation officer. Most of the kids in his detention camp are either sent back to prison once they leave or meet a violent end when they return to the streets. Desperately looking for a way to make a difference, he and his co-worker Malcolm Moore (Xzibit, TV's Pimp My Ride) devise a plan to teach discipline and responsibility through the game of football. But with only four weeks before the start of the season, Porter must overcome insurmountable odds to put together a competitive team. It's a season that will test their minds, spirit, and bodies as Porter teaches his players the principles of good character, strength through resiliency, and genuine respect for one another.


Studio Sony
SKU 203450570
UPC 043396148468
UPC 14 00043396148468
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2008
Rating Rating
Football Players
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note In 1990, coaches Sean Porter and Malcolm Moore took the Kilpatrick Mustangs--a football team of hard-core juvenile offenders from California's Camp Kilpatrick juvenile detention center--through their inaugural season, in which they reached the regional championships. In 1993, an Emmy-winning documentary, GRIDIRON GANG, aired on U.S. television. In this fictionalized version of the same name, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as Porter, the coach who uses sports as a means to instill self-esteem into a group or boys for whom crime is a way of life.^A former troubled youth who used football as a means to stay off of the streets, Porter, along with Malcolm Moore (Xibit) now presides over Camp Kilpatrick, where the inmates are gang members, murderers, and drug dealers. Among them are Willie Weathers (Jade York), a gang member doing time for a botched act of revenge. Showing that old rivalries hold true even away from the streets, fellow inmate and rival gang member Calvin Owens (David Thomas) won't let Willie forget that they are sworn enemies. But once Porter introduces football as an outlet, the common goal of winning unites them in ways that no one expected. Sports films are not known for harboring O-Henry-like twists at their conclusions, and GRIDIRON GANG is no exception, but director Phil Joanou (STATE OF GRACE) keeps the proceedings gritty (especially for a PG-13 rating), giving us not only the uplifting and exciting football sequences, but also a handful of heart-pounding--and somewhat graphic--scenes of gang violence, and former Yes member Trevor Rabin's effective score is a nice alternative to the typical pop soundtrack. Not all sweetness and light, GRIDIRON GANG is fine addition to the realm of cinematic sports, leavening the sap with a copious counter-dose of realism.
New York Times "GRIDIRON GANG gains significant momentum from Jeff Cutter's amped-up photography, most notably on the gridiron itself." 09/15/2006 p.E10
Sight and Sound "[The Rock's] committed performance is mostly external....But there is also introspection..." 03/01/2007 p.60-61
Phil Joanou
Jade Yorker
Cast & Crew
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - Actor
Jac Flanders - Based On Film By
Jeff Cutter - Cinematographer
Jeff Maguire - Screenplay
Joel Negron - Editor
L. Scott Caldwell - Actor
Leon Rippy - Actor
Neal H. Moritz - Producer
Phil Joanou - Director
Ryan Kavanaugh - Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin - Original Music By
Xzibit - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 14846
UPC 00043396148468
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review A savage beat-down or a revenge killing never seems very far away in "Gridiron Gang," a sports movie that's nearly as bleak as it is uplifting. Maybe that's because it was filmed on a field a few yards away from real-life incarcerated teens at Camp Kilpatrick in Los Angeles...Audiences expecting another "Remember the Titans" or "Glory Road" will find this football story more challenging, but also more rewarding. With a tone that combines "Friday Night Lights" and "Stand and Deliver," the movie succeeds as a crowd-pleaser without glossing over the complicated roots of gang violence.
Reviewer Peter Hartlaub
ReviewRating 8
Review This week's inspirational, based-on-a-true-story sports flick, Gridiron Gang, basically reduces the potentially compelling narrative about a juvenile-detention-camp football team to a 120-minute locker room pep talk. Serviceable at best, Phil Joanou's film, based on an Emmy-winning 1993 documentary of the same name, relies so heavily on clichŽd sports-themed platitudes, which are delivered by The Rock in virtually every scene, that the net effect borders on comical - and it's more than a little wearying. The film's few, scattered moments of honest grit and pathos are nearly drowned out by composer Trevor Rabin's incessantly syrupy score, which sounds calculated for maximum emotional uplift, just like almost everything else about Gridiron Gang.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Rock
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Great message...
Nick Schager, Slant Magazine ...a throwback to every sports and teacher-mentors-troublesome-kids inspirational melodrama...
USA Today [Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson] is engaging, affable and wholly believable...

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