Tagline: One goal. A second chance.
“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.
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Kevin Dunn, Leon Rippy, Danny Martinez, Mu McRae, Trever O’Brien, Six Reasons, James Earl, Jade Yorker, Brandon Mychal Smith
Screenplay by: Jeff Maguire
Production Design by: Floyd Albee
Cinematography by: Jeff Cutter
Film Editing by: Joel Negron
Costume Design by: Sanja Milkovic Hays
Set Decoration by: Erin Morache
Music by: Trevor Rabin
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some startling scenes of violence, mature thematic material and language.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: September 15, 2006