Both Hollywood and the NFL love a winning franchise, and there's no beating FNL. The bestselling book, just-ending TV series and 2004 movie are all considered best in class. On-screen, Billy Bob Thorton is the high school coach in football-crazy Odessa, Texas, but his then-unknown cast steals the movie: Lucas Black as the haunted quarterback, and Connie Britton, so mesmerizing as Thorton's long-suffering wife that she was brought back to anchor the TV show.
The football sequences pop with authenticity, while the steel-guitar soundtrack and brown horizons swallow up the wins and losses, leaving the players with only each other. In other words, it's a movie about real football.
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