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In 1990, coaches Sean Porter and Malcolm Moore took the Kilpatrick Mustangs--an American football team of hardcore juvenile offenders from CaliforniaÆs Camp Kilpatrick juvenile detention centre--through their inaugural season, in which they reached the regional championships. In 1993, an Emmy-winning documentary, GRIDIRON GANG, aired on U.S. television. In this fictionalised version of the same name, Dwayne æThe RockÆ Johnson stars as Porter, the coach who uses sports as a means to instil self-esteem into a group of boys for whom crime is a way of life. A former troubled youth who used football as a means to stay off of the streets, Porter, along with Malcolm Moore (Xzibit) now presides over Camp Kilpatrick, where the inmates are gang members, murderers, and drug dealers. Among them are Willie Weathers (Jade York), a gang member doing time for a botched act of revenge. Showing that old rivalries hold true even away from the streets, fellow inmate and rival gang member Calvin Owens (David Thomas) wonÆt let Willie forget that they are sworn enemies. But once Porter introduces American football as an outlet, the common goal of winning unites them in ways that no one expected. Director Phil Joanou (STATE OF GRACE) keeps the proceedings gritty, giving us not only the uplifting and exciting American football sequences, but also a handful of heart-pounding--and somewhat graphic--scenes of gang violence, and former Yes member Trevor RabinÆs effective score is a nice alternative to the typical pop soundtrack. Not all sweetness and light, GRIDIRON GANG is fine addition to the realm of cinematic sports, levelling the more sentimental aspects of the film with a copious counter-dose of realism.

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Director/s: Phil Joanou
Actor(s) - Actress(es):
Jade Yorker
David Thomas
Vanessa Ferlito
L. Scott Caldwell
Leon Rippy
Kevin Dunn
Brandon Smith
Trevor O'Brien
Jamal Mixon
Region: 2 (PAL, Europe, Japan, Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland)
Cert: (12) - Suitable for 12 years and over.
Consumer Advice: Contains moderate violence and one use of strong language
Running Time: 120 Mins
No. Disks: 1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features: Deleted scenes

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