Texas highschool soccer seen in a number of movies
While in other states, professional sports come first, here in Texas, high school football takes the crown. Hell, high school football is so big in Texas that several movies have been made about it – Texas high school football.
Okay, so first up is “Varsity Blues,” which is about a small, fictional Texas town called West Canaan. This featured James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker and Amy Smart, along with other big names. Personally, I liked the soundtrack more than the film.
Next up is a film about David W. Carter High School in Dallas – “Carter High”. Unlike Varsity Blues, this film is based on a true story. In the late ’80s, Carter High was a strong football team that won the 5A championship in 1988. However, some of the student athletes made some bad decisions that resulted in the team losing their title. The film was produced by former Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis and played Charles S. Dutton and Vivica A. Fox.
Another film about Texas high school football is “12 Mighty Orphans”, which is based on the non-fiction book “Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football”. The film is about a Fort Worth High School football coach who leads his orphan team to the state championship during the Great Depression. This film features Robert Duvall, Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw and Martin Sheen.
The fourth film we’ll be showing here is Under the Stadium Lights, which is based on the real-life story by Chad Mitchell and Al Pickett, Brother’s Keeper: The Story of the 2009 Abilene High State Championship. The film follows the lives of the team, coach, and team chaplain as they set out to beat every odds by winning the state championship. The book itself is one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. “Under the Stadium Lights” stars Laurence Fishburne, Milo Gibson (Mel’s son) and Abigail Hawk.
The last movie we’ll watch is probably one of the greatest sports stories of all time, and it’s not just in Texas. According to the trailer, Sports Illustrated agrees. I’m talking about “Friday Night Lights”, the film about The Permian High Panthers from Odessa. This film is based on HG Bissinger’s book “Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream”. “Friday Night Lights” featured stars like Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw.
If I missed movies about Texas high school football please leave a comment and we will add it to the list. Which of the five above is your favorite? I’ll likely be crucified for this, since Under the Stadium Lights is about my hometown, but I’m sticking to one of the greatest sports films of all time, Friday Night Lights.
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