"When the Game Stands Tall" movie quotes tell the true story of the record-breaking De La Salle High School football team. Directed by Thomas Carter, the film was adapted into a screenplay by Scott Marshall Smith using a book of the same name by Neil Hayes. "When the Game Stands Tall" opened in theaters on August 22, 2014.
In "When the Game Stands Tall," head coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) and assistant coach Terry Eidson (Michael Chiklis) have not only led their team of football players to a record-setting 151-consecutive wins and 12-consecutive California state championships, they've also made a difference in the lives of the players who they've coached.
But when the life of one beloved player T.K. Kelly (Stephan James) is lost to gun violence, the teammates are tested like never before. Add that tragedy to the stress that followed the end of their streak and the team, including star player Chris Ryan (Alexander Ludwig) and Ladouceur's wife, Bev (Laura Dern), and all are forced to find new strength in the face of adversity. It's then that Ladouceur's teachings of being a stellar human being first and quality football player second put everyone to the test.The sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall" joins other great summer 2014 movies in theaters including "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," "If I Stay," "The Expendables 3," "Let's Be Cops," "Life After Beth," "Frank," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "The Hundred-Foot Journey "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Get On Up," "Hercules," "Lucy," "Magic in the Moonlight," "A Most Wanted Man," "Happy Christmas," "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Sex Tape," "Wish I Was Here, "And So It Goes, and "Dawn of Planet of the Apes."
Don't Let a Game Define Who You Are
Terry Eidson: "Hey, we don't do that here. We don't do that. Reporters, friends, family, strangers, they're all going to ask the same thing. 'What happened?' This is a question that's going to follow you. 'How did you lose the streak?' And every time, you're going to answer the truth. 'Bellevue played better than us and we lost a high school football game.' That's football, but it's not you. Don't let a game define who you are. Let the way you live your lives do that."Assistant coach Edison gives the boys some wise advice after a heart-breaking loss. He reminds them that this is just a game, that who they truly are will be defined by what they do off the field.
What It's Like to Never Lose
Coach Bob Ladouceur: "People always ask me what it's like to never lose. Today I am lost."As the team loses one of their members in an act of violence, Coach Ladouceur tries to offer some words during the funeral. Despite all their successes on the field, this loss off the field is the one that hurts the most.
12 Years, 151 Games in a Row
Coach Bob Ladouceur: "12 years, 151 games in a row, but we were never just about winning. We were built on families and our town coming together. But losing the streak tested us all. I got caught up in everything and let it nearly kill me. We got lost, caught up in the hype, the glory and the relentless pressure. That's not who we are. We need to stand back up and find our way again."Coach Ladouceur reflects on his team's record-breaking streak and how it changed their focus. To truly be champions, they need to ignore the hype and get back to what made them successful in the first place.
The Streak Was Never Our Goal
Reporter: "25 years coaching this team, favored to win your 12th consecutive championship, 150 wins, how'd you pull it off?"
Coach Bob Ladouceur: "Winning a lot of games is doable, teaching kids there is more to life, that's hard."
Reporter: "Come on, Bob, you've turned this team into a winning machine. How long you think you can keep this streak alive?"
Coach Bob Ladouceur: "The streak was never our goal."