| Set in the stark landscapes of the late ’80s depression where moral is low and racial tension high, the dazzling, disorientating glow of Ratliff football stadium on a Friday night is the only thing that unites the residents of Odessa, a town who set their entire hopes and dreams on the shoulders of the Permian High Panthers and their beleaguered coach, Gary Gaines played by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. |
Nothing but victory will do for the state champions. But when star running back Boobie Miles (DEREK LUKE, Antwone Fisher, Pieces of April) is seriously injured in the first game of the season, all their hopes seem to be slipping away. Riding up and down on the town’s volatile emotions the players struggle to defeat their own self-doubt and overcome the pressures from family. Their families live their dreams and amend their own mistakes through their children. It seems a miracle is needed to make the championship playoffs.
This turbulent journey sees sterling performances from Hollywood legend Bill Bob Thornton (The Man Who Wasn’t There, Bandits, Love Actually) as well as some of Hollywood’s upcoming young stars including JAY HERNANDEZ (The Rookie, crazy/beautiful) as Brian Chavez, a strong & clever tight end looking for a way into college; LUCAS BLACK (Sling Blade, Cold Mountain) as Mike Winchell, the insecure quarterback; GARRETT HEDLUND (Troy) as Don Billingsley the self destructive tailback at odds with his overbearing father Charlie, and sees Grammy-winning recording artist TIM McGRAW, in his first Hollywood starring role as Charlie Billingsley.
Touch down on the fantastic DVD extras, which include The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers, Audio commentary with director Peter Berg & writer Buzz Bissinger and action-packed deleted scenes.
Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer (8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind & Apollo 13) and renowned actor and director Peter Berg (The Rundown, Very Bad Things) bring you Friday Night Lights. This action packed and emotive tale based on the controversial best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner H. G. Bissinger is available to own and rent on DVD and video from 29 th August 2005, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd.
Running Time: 1hr 58mins
RRP: DVD: 17.99
DVD Extras include the following:
- Action-packed Deleted Scenes
- Peter Berg Discusses a Scene in the movie
- Player Cam
- Tim McGraw: Off the Stage
- The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers
- Audio Commentary with Director Peter Berg & writer Buzz Bissinger
- Miami Vice Series 1 Trailer
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