When you see this movie the very first thought that will come to your mind is “All of my friends NEED to see this movie! I just wish (fill in the blank) was here to see it with me!”

“Woodlawn” is just this sort of move. It is a great football film, but also a great movie for the general public. Folks in church will love it, folks who don’t attend church will love it. The story of a team learning to overcome real obstacles in building trust and relationships.

This true story leaves the viewer with great hope and great encouragement that applies to our day and time. Here is how the studio describes the film:

“A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Ala.

Tony Nathan (newcomer Caleb Castille) lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.

It’s only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Gerelds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.”




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