Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Director: Peter Berg Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez

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H.G. Bissinger's best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that's home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city's economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still erupt into violence on occasion. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian's football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and his boys try to lead the team to victory. As Gaines works to build a winning team in a town where victory is prized above all else, however, his players struggle through the emotional trials common to any teenager and ponder the fact that there is little future in their hometown...and that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph. Friday Night Lights also stars Lucas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, and country singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2005
UPC: 0025192862021
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:58:00
Format: Sony PSP

Special Features

Action-packed deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Coach Gary Gaines
Derek Luke Boobie Miles
Jay Hernandez Brian Chavez
Lucas Black Mike Winchell
Garrett Hedlund Don Billingsley
Tim McGraw Charles Billingsley
Connie Britton Sharon Gaines
Lee Thompson Young Chris Corner
Lee Jackson Ivory Christian
Grover Coulson L.V. Miles
Connie Cooper Mrs. Winchell
Kasey Stevens Flippy
Ryanne Duzich Melissa
Amber Heard Maria
Morgan Farris Jennifer Gaines
Laine Kelly Corner's Girlfriend
Gavin Grazer Trapper
Turk Pipkin Skip Baldwin
Carey Windler Dr. Rogers
Tommy G. Kendrick Odessa Doctor
Brad Leland John Aubrey
Lillian Langford Nancy Aubrey
Christian Kane Brian
Buddy Hale Booster
Ken Farmer Booster
Marco Perella Booster
Eloise DeJoria Booster
Robert Weaver Booster
Katherine Willis Booster Wife
Angie Bolling Booster Wife
Charles Sanders Buddy's Burgers Manager
Barry Sykes Permian Play-by-Play Announcer
Clay Kennedy Permian Color Announcer
Lewis B. Johnson Carter Play-by-Play Announcer
J.D. Hawkins Carter Play-by-Play Announcer
B.T. Stone Slammin' Sammy
Wade Johnston Coach Miller
Rick Herod Coach McCutcheon
Paul Wright Coach Belew
Julius Tennon Coach James
Dennis Hill Coach Harper
Timothy Walter Coach Vonner
Robert Scott Smith Coach Smith
Kenneth Plunk Coach Plunk
Josh Berry Coach Campbell
Branson Washburn Coach Washburn
David Johnson Coach Johnson
John Patrick Hayden Permian Booth Coach
Chris Palmer Permian Booth Coach
Kyle-Scott Jackson Carter Booth Coach
C. Anthony "Charles" Jackson Carter Booth Coach
Kippy Brown Carter Booth Coach
Cleveland "Chick" Harris Carter Booth Coach
Billy Melvin Thomas Carter Assistant Coach
Kammerin Hunt Carter Assistant Coach
Roy Williams Midland Lee Assistant Coach
Gary Mack Griffin Marshall High School Coach
Randy Brinlee Marshall Game Referee
Dan Rankin Cooper Game End Zone Official
Tim Crowley Carter Game Referee
Harvey L. Jeffries Carter Game Official
Tiki Davis Carter Co-Captain - Baird
Everett Smith Carter Quarterback - Whitaker
Ty Law Carter Wide Receiver - Graf
Christopher Dahlberg Clancy Kent
Peter Harrell C.C. Russeau
Kevin Page John Wilkins
Brady Coleman Jerald McClary
Stephen Bishop Loie Harris
Bob Richardson Marvin Edwards
Mark Donaldson State Trooper
Aisha Schliessler Cheerleader
Evan Bernard Drunk Driver
Rutherford Cravens Kansas Wesleyan Recruiter
Wayne Hanawalt Kansas Wesleyan Recruiter
Brian Thornton Recruiter
Sam Austin Recruiter
Mark Nutter Recruiter
Jeff Gibbs Journalist Jim
Richard Dillard Reporter
Robert Flores Reporter
Terry Parks Skip Baldwin's Cameraman
Talon Smith Young Kid
Taylor Sawyers Young Kid
Bradley Lisman Young Kid
Richard Nance Buzzard
Aaron Babino Football Player
Dean Baldwin Football Player
Ben Bronson Football Player
Sunny Byrd Football Player
John Clark Football Player
Bobby Doherty Football Player
Chris Fisher Football Player
Cedric Foster Football Player
Corey Hargers Football Player
Tavis Harvey Football Player
Deshaun Hill Football Player
Ryan Jacobs Football Player
Nick Jester Football Player
Tyrone Jones Football Player
Mark Llewellyn Football Player
Jon Luke Football Player
O.J. McClintock Football Player
Mike Jones Football Player
Robert Nguyen Football Player
Joseph Norman Football Player
Dewayne Patmon Football Player
Everick Rawls Football Player
Brett Robin Football Player
Steven Rogers Football Player
Ray Ross Football Player
Chad L. Stevens Football Player
Travis Thompson Football Player
Matt Trissel Football Player
Brandon Tully Football Player
Darrick Wallace Football Player
Barney Welch Police Officer

Technical Credits
Peter Berg Director,Screenwriter
Sarah Aubrey Co-producer
Ronn Basquette Set Decoration/Design
Lee Berger Executive Producer
David Bernardi Associate Producer
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Peter Borck Art Director
Troy Breeding Makeup
John Cameron Executive Producer
David Aaron Cohen Screenwriter
David O. Daniel Sound Mixer
Lynne Eagan Makeup
Barrett Elkins Stunts
Explosions in the Sky Score Composer
Courtnee Garcia Stunts
Derek Graf Stunts
Robert Graf Co-producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jason Hunt Stunts
Jane Jenkins Casting
James Lavitola Stunts
David Luckenbach Camera Operator
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
L. Patrick McCormack Production Manager
Miguel McKay Stunts
Jayson Merrill Stunts
Bonnie Morgan Stunts
Chris Moseley Camera Operator
Whit Norris Sound Mixer
Colby Parker Editor
Christopher Poling Stunts
Kevin Reid Stunts
Justin Reimer Stunts
David Rosenbloom Editor
Christie Sanders Stunts
Tobias Schliessler Cinematographer
Bob M. Scott Camera Operator
John G. Scotti Asst. Director
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Rob Simons Set Decoration/Design
Erick Smart Stunts
Scott Stickane Stunts
Orly Stires Camera Operator
Mark Weingarten Sound Mixer
Webster Whinery Stunts
James Whitaker Executive Producer

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Friday Night Lights 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
COLORADO32 More than 1 year ago
I read the book Friday night lights and can say that I liked it. The book is about a small city in Texas that really has nothing to root for or be a part of but high school football. It’s about a high school football team working together to come out on top.  The reason why I liked the book is because I could relate to it as a high school student and as a football player. I played high school football my freshman and sophomore year, so the book really made since to me. I think that this book is a good book for high school students to read, because they can really connect to it. If adults read it, they would probably enjoy it to but wouldn’t connect to it as much as high school students. The one thing I disliked about this book is how long it is, I think the author could have written the whole story out in fewer pages. I think this book would be a decent book for teachers to give their student, but I don’t think it should be a book students have to read. This book didn’t only just talk about high school football and high school students, it also talked about racism. The book took place in 1988 in Texas where a lot of the white people were still racist. I liked how it talked about politics and how desegregated schools started taking place in that time. The book Friday night lights is already a movie, and deserves to be one because it really was a great read.  Overall, I think the book had and talked about important things, so would recommend it. Defiantly read this book if you’re in high school, and play football. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book, Friday Night Lights by, H.G Bissinger, I think the book was a good book. I like the book not only because I am a football player but also it kept me on my toes the whole book. My favorite character is Boobie Miles he the one of the biggest pieces on the football team, and getting plenty of top-notch colleges attention. I was kind of bummed about what happened to him and how he ended up. I can relate from Boobie Miles just from being a running back on a football team. The story was mostly about how a football team can make it to the top even with Africans on the team, because back then there were was racism in Odessa, Texas. Also how stars can loss so much in one second or in this situation, in one play. I think the theme of the story is that life is not always fair, for example Boobie miles went from being a high school hero to an average player/ kid. I think this book is for people that like sports, football in particular. I liked the book because it has a great story behind it.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
If you want to see some hilarious football shows, check out The Replacements and Adam Sandler's remake of The Longest Yard. But FNL is gripping stuff: like its surroundings, Odessa was mired in an economic wasteland and the people looked to a group of teenaged boys to inspire them. Billy Bob Thorton's performance as Coach Gaines was terrific - I often wonder if the real guy was that skilled at turning on the animal just before and during games and then switching it off to be 100% calm and composed as soon as the final whistle sounded. Then we have Miles, the supremely gifted athlete who puts down teammates and opponents until he suffers a life-changing injury and finally learns the world isn't just about him. Mike was interesting as the QB, trying to lead his team despite a very difficult family situation. Garrett Hedlund did a great job portraying a fumble-prone fullback dealing with a mentally disturbed father - even in public. That made the last scene between those two exceptionally powerful. Also, the coach's final speech and the song used at the end of the title game were perfect - all, of course, due to the crazy intensity of that matchup.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie! Billy Bob's performance is top-notch! The football action and plot twists were really cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen fridaynight lights and it was good .The movie is about a small town in texas and how thyat the football games on friday where relly big every one went to the football games on fridaynight's. It all so gives you a look of how some perents might be if they drink .Tim McGraw plays a father that well is abusive and drinks a lot because he just want his son to do good and what he did not do on his high school football team when he played for the high school that his son gose to and plays for in the moviejoanna
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was just "OK". It didn't build up the characters enough for you to really care about them. The action was good but you just couldn't care enough about these characters. Why was Billy Bob selling his house? Why did his wife ask him to move to Alaska? If you want a good football movie with great character depth and action, get "Remember the Titans".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Friday Night Lights is easily the greatest football movie ever made and ranks in the top with other great sports movies. If you buy one sports movie all year, make it this one. The acting is superb, the story is deep, the football scenes are intense and realistic, and it is a real life look at a town that revolves completely around high school football.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Friday Night Lights is easily in the class of such movies like Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, and Miracle. The name of this class would be 'Best Sports Movies of All Time.' Friday Night Lights has a great story, great acting, and one of the best movies containing shots of the game of football. A must-buy for any football fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie deserves an award for Best Picture. It is sad, realistic, and a surprising ending! I was kind of disappointed at the movie's ending, but when it was over, all I could think about was Billy Bob Thorton's Oscar-Winning performance in this great sports movie. I would give this movie 4 stars if it would have had a better ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to this movie in the theater, because I thought it would be good. But it wasn't. It was like a boring documentary. I went to this movie thinking I would like it, because I really liked "Remember the Titans", "The Rookie", "Miracle", and "Radio". But the movie was extremely boring. If I could have walked out of any movie in 2004, this would have been the one. This movie was absolutely horrible and I would not recommend it to anyone. During the movie, I looked at my watch a lot to see how much was left of the movie. Nothing can explain how horrible this movie truly was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome movie, it goes in depth describing Texas high school football. In Texas it is either life or death. The movie shows the struggle of high school players who want a championship for their town, coach, and themselves. Great movie for any football player no matter what level. Highly recommend watching if u like football.
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Martin25KM More than 1 year ago
H.G. Bissinger was born in New York City in November of 1954. He spent time writing for the Philadelphia inquirer. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger is about a small town in Texas called Odessa. Permian High school football is a way of life and almost every kid dreams of wearing the black and white under Friday night lights some day. Permian's goal in the 1988 season was to reach the state championship. The competition is high and the road is tough, but will they find a way to get it done? What I found interesting in the novel Friday Night Lights was the descriptions of the characters and the setting. For example, in the beginning of the novel they described Odessa (the town) and Boobie Miles (star running back) extremely well. The descriptions were always clear, and I felt like I knew the characters and I lived in the Odessa. I also found the point of view changes very interesting. In the novel there were many point of view changes; in one chapter the point of view was from Boobie Miles. But the next was from a former Permian High player from the 1960's. Next I found that the language was interesting because the novel was based in Texas and some words I have never seen before or spelled differently. For example morning was spelled as mornin. Finally I thought that the plot was interesting and it had twists and turns. The weaknesses I found in the novel were that there wasn't too much plot about the football games, more about practices and the day of a game. In the novel there was not much game plot. Another weakness I found was the racism. I realized that people are still racist and it made me feel uncomfortable. The next weakness was that there wasn't a main protagonist. It was many peoples point of view and the book could have been better if it had a protagonist. Finally a weakness that came to my attention was the adjectives. Even though the novel Friday Night Lights had many weaknesses, it still was one of my favorite books. The strengths towered over the weaknesses and it was very enjoyable to read. I am looking forward to seeing the movie this weekend. If you love football like I do, I would recommend reading this Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger