Wow – it was last November when I first heard of this film and blogged about it. It’s out on video now, and last night I finally got to see it.
I was not disappointed. I thought Matthew McConaughey did an amazing job pulling off a coach with a personality somewhere between Lou Holtz and the Rainman.
David Strathairn played his role of the “I don’t know a damn thing about football” University President well. He was extremely believable in this role.
This was a very enjoyable film, and you don’t have to know anything about football to follow the story. Because it isn’t a football story at all. It a story of how a town loses nearly an entire football team, coaching staff, city councilman, four of six physicians in the city, and a state legislator – parents of 70 children (18 of those children would be orphaned) in a single horrible moment. And how they came together as a town to heal, and to honor those who were lost.