Friday Night Lights (2004)
Front Cover Actor
Lucas Black Mike Winchell
Billy Bob Thornton Coach Gaines
Connie Britton Sharon Gaines
Grover Coulson L.V. Miles
Garrett Hedlund Don Billingsley
Jay Hernandez Brian Chavez
Lee Jackson Ivory Christian
Lucas Black (II)
Derek Luke Boobie Miles
Tim McGraw Charles Billingsley
Lee Thompson Young Chris Corner
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama
Director Peter Berg
Producer Brian Grazer
Writer Buzz Bissinger; David Aaron Cohen
Studio Imagine Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 117 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.1
H.G. Bissinger's best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that's home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city's economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still erupt into violence on occasion. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian's football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and his boys try to lead the team to victory. As Gaines works to build a winning team in a town where victory is prized above all else, however, his players struggle through the emotional trials common to any teenager and ponder the fact that there is little future in their hometown...and that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph. Friday Night Lights also stars Lucas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, and country singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw. — Mark Deming
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 79
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 025192547621
Release Date 1/18/2005
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby