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‘When the Game Stands Tall’ brings enriching story of triumph

Nobody will forget the classic football rallying cry from “Remember the Titans”: “We are the Titans, the mighty, mighty Titans.”

In a similar fashion, a new football movie, “When the Game Stands Tall,” pushes the audience to stand erect when times get tough, just like the Titans got the audience singing when racial tensions proved steep.

Bringing powerful lessons of strength and courage, “When the Game Stands Tall” has joined the list of movies that have used a sport to powerfully move the audience.

Based on the true story of high school football team De La Salle Spartans, “When the Game Stands Tall” presents the personal story of the team that had the best winning streak in American sports history.

The Spartans had a reputation for one thing: 151-game winning streak. The De La Salle Spartans have always worked as a well-oiled machine, but life’s struggles begin to interfere with team chemistry and performance.

Loss, illness, fear and failure are just a few struggles that fall on the Spartans.It seems as if the Spartans will never be the same. In a final attempt to mend his broken team, Coach Bob Ladoucer, played by Jim Caviezel, pushes past his own challenges to lift up his team and give them reason to show others the heart of the game.

Caviezel, known for his major role as Jesus in the “Passion of the Christ,” plays the team’s calm, cool and collected head coach well. Ladoucer focuses on teaching his team that football is just a game, and the moral values of humility, love and sacrifice are what truly matter.

Many times it is difficult to capture the realness of true events on the big screen. However, Director Thomas Carter has put together a well-rounded movie. “When the Game Stands Tall” presents well done game scenes, helping the audience feel as if they were really at a football game.

With authentic, passionate acting and a hint of religious themes, one can’t help but to find inspiration in their fight.

Four stars for creatively uplifting, “When the Game Stands Tall.”

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