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"When the Game Stands Tall" opens this week

Sony Pictures film, “When the Game Stands Tall”, based on the true story of the De La Salle High School football team, hopes to score well in theaters when it opens nation-wide August 22. When Bob Ladouceur took over the football program in the 1979, the school had never had a winning season. The team grew stronger and better, with consistent wins, but that was just the start of their turnaround. Beginning in 1992, the team had an amazing 151 victories, spanning 12 years. However, when the team faces a tragedy, the De La Salle Spartans have to trust in the teamwork, sacrifice, and commitment they have been taught to stand strong when all around them is falling apart.

Coach Ladouceur cared more about teaching that there is purpose and significance of life beyond winning games. The tagline for the film, “It’s not how hard you fall, it’s how you get back up,” exemplifies the example he was to those players as they learned that standing tall and strong in adversity is important. This is more than a football film; it’s a film that stresses the importance of family, friendship, and faith.

This sports drama stars Jim Caviziel ("Passion of the Christ"), Michael Chiklis ("Fantastic Four"), Alexander Ludwig ("The Hunger Games"), and Laura Dern ("Jurassic Park"). The film is directed by Thomas Carter ("Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"). Rated PG.

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