14A, violence, language and mature themes.
Dir: Ty Roberts, USA, 2021, 118 min.
Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw.
Adapted from the bestselling novel, 12 Mighty Orphans tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes – or even a football – to playing for the The Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football. “There hasn’t been a sports film since Hoosiers that has so beautifully blended the natural drama of sports with the unpredictability of the human spirit.” – Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service