We Are Marshall

Released 2006


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Matthew McConaughey
We are Marshall is an inspiring film about the loss and resurrection of the Marshall College football team of 1970. The drama shows how the small town of Marshall copes with a horrific plane crash that takes the lives of the entire football team including five of the six coaches. Devastated the dean of the college wants to suspend the football program indefinitely, but a young coach, Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey), convinces the dean to let him rebuild the team. With the help of the only surviving coach, Red Dawson (Matthew Fox), the two work together to rebuild the team and reconstruct the hope of an entire town. Through hardship, resistance, and opposition the team pulls together with more heart than anyone could of expected. Following their dreams and the inspiration within the take themselves all the way and in the process restore the spirits of the fallen Marshall team. This 2006 film is a truly heartwarming and moving sports drama.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    The film is injected with a refreshing energy whenever McConaughey is on-screen, balancing some of the inherent sadness of the story.

  • 60

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Full of good intentions, We Are Marshall has a game plan that's hard to fault, but as with any playbook, a scheme is only as good as how well it's executed.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A movie like We Are Marshall stands or falls on its ability to make you feel the pain and loss of individuals in a place where community pride and football are one and the same. As...

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Drama, Sports