Forever Strong

Forever Strong

Forever Strong

Rick Penning (Sean Faris) is a bad-boy rugby player. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate (Sean Astin, Lord of the Rings) offers him a chance to get back into the game by playing for long-time rival team, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly, Rick joins the team where he has to adopt gruelling training schedules and a unique code of conduct that Highland's legendary coach Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole) demands. Gelwix is a real guy and the film is based on his coaching philosophies.

2008Rating: M, contains drug use112 minsUSA
DramaSport
Director:
Ryan Little ('House of Fears', 'Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy')
Writer:
David Pliler
Cast:
Sean AstinGary ColeSean FarisPenn BadgleyJulie WarnerArielle Kebbel
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Reviews & comments

amazing

you guys dont even know what you are talking about this movie was ficken amazing dude...it had to be the best movie i ever seen in my entire life...the star rating may only go to 5 but i give it a 10 it was that good

5.0
0

Good Movie

I don't follow rugby at all but thought I would go see this movie anyway. It was a nice film with a good story. You don't need to be a rugby nut to enjoy this movie.

4.0
0

I have not seen it but...

I will probably wait for Clint Eastwood's vision of the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Although I am not a fan of american football I found Leatherman (with George Clooney) pretty entertaining. But I have not seen this one, so I put an average mark to balance the pros and cons ;-) Ann are you sure it is the New Zealand Haka? It looks like it from the...

3.0
0

Not everything in rugby is about NZ...

And if you haven't seen th efilm anonymous then you don't know what the reference is to the All Blacks, I am sure they will explain why they use the haka. Chill out.

3.0
0

Annonymous

So Ann...onymous. Have you seen this film?

0

Thanks inspiration, thanks for the competition!

I'm currently penning a Rugby / Netball script for a New Zealand movie called "Signore Ascolta"...pitching it to Eyeworks in a few months...thanks for everything...Rugby is a Global game...when "Signore Ascolta" goes into production "Forever Strong" can count itself among it's inspirations...4/5 stars for the use of Rugby...well done USA.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edited.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

In the end, the film becomes emotionally gripping with its interest in the human condition - a universal exploration through specifics. Male aggression - when properly channelled - doesn't have to be destructive.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A mawkish drama hobbled by a thoroughly unpleasant and uncharismatic lead performance.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

You’ve probably seen this story a million times before and there is no need to see this one.

1.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The movie is well shot and edited, the rugby scenes are enjoyable (if likely puzzling to the uninitiated) and "Strong's" earnestness excuses at least some of its predictability.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This inspirational sports drama unfolds in such generic fashion that it feels contrived more often than it rings true.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edited.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

In the end, the film becomes emotionally gripping with its interest in the human condition - a universal exploration through specifics. Male aggression - when properly channelled - doesn't have to be destructive.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A mawkish drama hobbled by a thoroughly unpleasant and uncharismatic lead performance.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

You’ve probably seen this story a million times before and there is no need to see this one.

1.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The movie is well shot and edited, the rugby scenes are enjoyable (if likely puzzling to the uninitiated) and "Strong's" earnestness excuses at least some of its predictability.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This inspirational sports drama unfolds in such generic fashion that it feels contrived more often than it rings true.

0

amazing

you guys dont even know what you are talking about this movie was ficken amazing dude...it had to be the best movie i ever seen in my entire life...the star rating may only go to 5 but i give it a 10 it was that good

5.0
0

Good Movie

I don't follow rugby at all but thought I would go see this movie anyway. It was a nice film with a good story. You don't need to be a rugby nut to enjoy this movie.

4.0
0

I have not seen it but...

I will probably wait for Clint Eastwood's vision of the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Although I am not a fan of american football I found Leatherman (with George Clooney) pretty entertaining. But I have not seen this one, so I put an average mark to balance the pros and cons ;-) Ann are you sure it is the New Zealand Haka? It looks like it from...

3.0
0

Not everything in rugby is about NZ...

And if you haven't seen th efilm anonymous then you don't know what the reference is to the All Blacks, I am sure they will explain why they use the haka. Chill out.

3.0
0

Annonymous

So Ann...onymous. Have you seen this film?

0

Thanks inspiration, thanks for the competition!

I'm currently penning a Rugby / Netball script for a New Zealand movie called "Signore Ascolta"...pitching it to Eyeworks in a few months...thanks for everything...Rugby is a Global game...when "Signore Ascolta" goes into production "Forever Strong" can count itself among it's inspirations...4/5 stars for the use of Rugby...well done USA.

4.0
0