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Still shot from the movie: We Are Marshall.

We Are Marshall

After a plane crash claims the lives of 75 people (consisting mostly of the Marshall University football team and coaching staff), the grief stricken townsfolk want to discontinue the school's athletic program. But the surviving team captain Nate Ruffin (Anthony Mackie) can't let the sport die, so he persuades the university president (David Strathairn) to hire a new coach (Matthew McConaughey), whose job description will include rebuilding the team and the broken community. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 21 Dec 2006
Video Release: 17 Sep 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

When Jack Lengyel needs help with a new play, he approaches the coach of a rival team for pointers. What does he gain from being willing to ask for something? In what ways does the opposing team show support for the Marshall squad?

Grief is messy. How does each of the characters deal with their own personal heartache? What emotions does each person have to work through? Why does it take different amounts of time for everyone?

Coach Lengyel asks his team to play until the final whistle blows. What does he mean? Why is perseverance an important part of achievement? Is scoring the most points in a game the only way to measure success?

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