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Gridiron Gang

Gridiron Gang

Phil Joanou (2006)

120min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
Fair play to him, The Rock - or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as he is billed here - is doing his best to avoid the usual action hero clich├ęs. At this stage in his career, he should probably be emulating Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vin Diesel by appearing in some family-friendly action comedy. Instead, he's starring in this gritty urban drama - based on a true story - as an idealistic youth probation officer and former American football player who attempts to establish a "gridiron" team made up of inmates at a maximum-security detention centre. There's an "against all odds" predictability in the way the story unfolds, but the action is skilfully directed by Phil Joanou. And while The Rock is effective enough playing the troubled kids' mentor, his performance isn't likely to win him any acting awards.

Summary

A youth probation officer at a maximum-security detention centre is determined to teach the adolescents in his care that they have a chance to turn their lives around. In a bid to boost morale, he helps the inmates form an American football team. Fact-based sports drama, starring Dwayne Johnson, L Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy and Xzibit.

Cast & Crew

Sean Porter Dwayne Johnson
Willie Weathers Jade Yorker
Malcolm Moore Xzibit
Paul Higa Leon Rippy
Dexter Kevin Dunn
Kelvin David Thomas
Junior Palaita Setu Taase
Director Phil Joanou
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 Feb 2007

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