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  • Brian Banks, the subject of this movie, went to Long Beach Poly High School and was a part of the prestigious Jackrabbit football team. Brian was also a part of the team that played against De La Salle. This game was featured in the movie 'When the Game Stands Tall.'
  • Tom Shadyac and Morgan Freeman previously worked together on Bruce Almighty (2003) and Evan Almighty (2007).
  • This movie is Tom Shadyac return to directing after 8 years.
  • Even though the film is set in Long Beach, California, it was filmed in Memphis, Tenn. Director Tom Shadyac teaches film at the University of Memphis, and in 2018, he opened a climbing gym and community center in the Soulsville neighborhood of South Memphis. Shadyac's family has a long-running history of leadership at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, founded by Danny Thomas, who was a family friend of the Shadyacs.
  • Famed Memphis educator Tracey Sadlak can be plainly seen in a game crowd scene. She has hair so it is obviously before her bout with cancer.


  • Although Brian's NFL career was short lived, his high school teammates Marcedes Lewis, Darnell Bing, Winston Justice, Alex Watson, Leon Jackson, Maurice LeDoux, Pago Togafo, and Mark Washington, among others, have either played in the NFL or internationally.
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