Genre: DRAMA / SPORTS
Release Dates: September 15, 2006
Taglines: One goal. A second chance.
Production Company: Columbia Pictures / Original Film / Stanhaven Productions
Teenagers at a juvenile detention center gain self-esteem by playing football. Columbia Pictures’ Gridiron Gang tells the gritty and powerfully emotional story of juvenile detention camp probation officer Sean Porter (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), who, along with another officer, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit), turns a group of hard core teenage felons into a high school football team in four weeks. Confronted with gang rivalries and bitter hatred between his teammates, Porter teaches some hard lessons (and learns a few himself) as the kids gain a sense of self-respect and responsibility.
In a world where 75% of these juvenile inmates return to prison or meet with violent ends on the streets, Porter and Moore face seemingly insurmountable barriers. No one wants to compete against convicted criminals, but through relentless pursuit and a jolt of inspiration, Porter and his team fight their way to redemption and a second chance.
Based on a true story, Gridiron Gang sends out a message that one man can make a difference and the most hopeless kids in our society can change the course of their lives through hard work, commitment and bold leadership.
Crew: Phil Joanou (director); Jeff Maguire, Jac Flanders (writers); Amanda Cohen (co-producer); Neal H. Moritz, Lee Stanley (producer); Michael I. Rachmil, Shane Stanley (executive producers);
Cast: The Rock as Sean Porter, Xzibit as Malcolm Moore, Vanessa Ferlito as Lisa Gonzales, L. Scott Caldwell as Bobbi Porter, Leon Rippy as Paul Higa, Kevin Dunn as Dexter, Michael J. Pagan as Roger, Jade Yorker as Willie Weathers, David V. Thomas as Kelvin, Setu Taase as Junior Palaita, James Earl as Madlock, Brandon Smith as Bug, Jamal Mixon as Evans, Robert Zepeda as Peavy, Omari Hardwick as Free
Studio: Columbia Pictures