Based on real story of Tandy Gerelds as well as likewise Tony Nathan, it stars Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, Caleb Castille, Sherri Shepherd, Jon Voight, as well as likewise C. Thomas Howell. It was generated by Kevin Downes as well as likewise Daryl Lefever with Crescent City Pictures as well as likewise Red Sky Studios as well as was released on October 16, 2015, by Pure Flix Entertainment.
When Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, is controversially desegregated in 1973, skilled black high-school football player Tony Nathan as well as likewise countless different other black players sign up with the institution's predominantly-white football team. The instructor, Tandy Gerelds, informs the team to use their usual mood to link them, yet black as well as likewise white players clash on and likewise off the field. After a riot at the school, Gerelds lets travelling sports chaplain Hank Erwin speak to the team as a “motivational speaker”. Hank's speech moves nearly the entire team to accept Hank's invitation to commit their lives to Jesus Christ as well as join together in prayer. Gerald does not accept the invitation and is unsure what to make of the event.
The team loses its first game, but after Gerelds decides to play Nathan over the objections of some of the white gamers' parents, win their next game. Nathan becomes a breakout star, as well as likewise the group goes on a long winning streak leading up to their final game with rival Banks. Banks coach “Shorty” White instructs his players to target Nathan, and the repeated hard tackles take their toll. Nathan scores a touchdown but is injured by a vicious late hit and is unable to continue playing. Woodlawn loses, but Gerelds expresses pride in his group for “the men they've become”. Gerelds eventually seeks out Nathan's church during a Sunday service and asks to be baptized.
Hank arranges a meeting between the Woodlawn players and also Banks players, leading to a spiritual awakening on the Banks group as well. Gerelds and White hold an unprecedented joint football camp before the 1974 season, and camaraderie develops between the two teams. Both go undefeated for the season until their final game against each other, which because of the stardom of Nathan and Banks quarterback Jeff Rutledge, draws a huge record crowd.
A few years later, now working as an insurance agent, Gerelds admits to a customer that while they lost the game, the transformation he witnessed was miraculous. After Nathan, now playing for Alabama, carries his group to victory in the Sugar Bowl, he calls Gerelds at home as well as also expresses his gratitude, encouraging him to return to coaching.
- Sean Astin as Hank Erwin
- Nic Bishop as Coach Tandy Gerelds
- Caleb Castille as Tony Nathan
- Sherri Shepherd as Momma Nathan
- Jon Voight as Paul “Bear” Bryant
- C. Thomas Howell as George “Shorty” White
- Kevin Sizemore as Coach Jerry Stearns
Woodlawn grossed $14.4 million. In the United States as well as Canada, the film opened simultaneously with Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, as well as Crimson Peak on October 16, 2015. On the film's opening day it earned $1.5 million, above studio expectations. In its opening weekend, it earned $4 million, finishing 9th at the box office.
A lifeline featured at the end of the movie obtained over 100,000 reactions.
Woodlawn has actually obtained normally favorable evaluations from movie critics. According to the testimonial collector web site Rotten Tomatoes, 73% of movie critics have actually offered the motion picture a favorable testimonial based upon 15 examines, with a typical score of 6.37/10. At Metacritic, the motion picture has actually obtained a heavy typical rating of 57 out of 100 based upon 4 movie critics, showing “mixed or average reviews”. On CinemaScore, target markets offered the motion picture the unusual typical high quality of “A+” on an A+ to F range.