#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – When Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama is controversially desegregated in 1973, Tony Nathan, a gifted black high school football player, joins the school’s predominantly white football team along with several other black players. The coach, Tandy Gerelds, tells the team to use their shared anger to unite them, but black and white players clash on and off the field. After a riot at the school, Gerelds consents to allowing traveling sports chaplain Hank Erwin to 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, and join together in prayer. Gerelds does not accept the invitation, and is unsure what to make of the event..
Plot: Love and unity in a school torn by racism and hate in the 1970s.A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.
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Woodlawn is quite an inspirational real-life high school football drama
While there is a Woodlawn High School in my town of Baton Rouge, LA, this one is about a Woodlawn in Birmingham, AL, that seemed in danger of closing because of the racial incidents that happened when it was integrated in the early ’70s. The coach employs a motivational speaker-played by Sean Astin-to help heal whatever issues the school football players had with each other and it seems to do the trick, especially when one of the black players-Tony Nathan-suddenly becomes very valuable to the team. I’ll stop there and just say this is quite an inspirational true-life drama to watch in light of recent racial strife we seem to be going through right now. Oh, and I also liked Jon Voight’s playing of legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, as well. So on that note, I recommend Woodlawn.
Deep in the heart of Dixie
As a Christian movie Woodlawn is getting quite a bit more play than in the normal circuits where these films run, not unlike God’s Not Dead from last year. First and foremost it’s a story about football and in Alabama the folks down there do love their school football.
They also love their fundamentalist religion so when coach Tandy Geralds played by Nic Bishop decides that religion might be a unifying force for his team it’s a fertile field he’s plowing. Woodlawn High School in Birmingham is recently integrated via the courts and racial tensions run high. After all this is a city that a decade earlier was ground zero in the civil rights era.
No way in a million light years could Bishop get away with bringing in a team evangelist in New York City for instance. But Sean Astin preaches a whale of sermon and the team commits to Jesus. Pretty soon the coach does as well and they start winning.
A lot of that is also due to having an amazing running back Tony Nathan played here by unknown Christopher Castille. Years ago I remember Casey Stengel saying he’d tolerate a lot of rowdy behavior if he had a centerfielder who could hit like Mickey Mantle. The good behavior religious based or not is a bonus.
I just watched a DVD of Woodlawn with an extra bonus featuring some of the real people of the story. They said that out of 43 players all but three committed themselves to Christianity in that scene with Sean Astin giving an altar call. I’d dearly love to know the story of those three and the enormous social pressure they must have been under.
Will anyone make that film?
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Writer Jon Erwin, Todd Gerelds, Quinton Peeples
Actors Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight
Country United States
Awards 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera RED DRAGON
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW (6K)
Cinematographic Process (anamorphic) (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format N/A