This 2004 film is based on Buzz Bissinger’s book of the same name. The book is non-fiction, but the movie employs a mix of fact and Hollywood-ization. It was directed by actor-director Peter Berg, a cousin of Bissinger’s. It was originally slated to be directed by Alan J. Pakula, who died before filming started.
Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez and Connie Britton lead the cast. Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Lee Jackson, Lee Thompson Young, Grover Coulson, and Tim McGraw also were in the cast.
The movie won the 2005 ESPY for Best Sports Movie. It inspired a TV series which ran from 2006 to 2011. Connie Britton was in the series playing a coach’s wife, as she had in the movie – but the names and aspects of the character were different. Brad Leland played a team booster in both the movie and series. It received 13 Emmy nominations and 3 Emmy awards during its run.