Friday Night Lights

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A drama that chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship. A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days--the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night-lights. When the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.


  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Lucas Black
  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Derek Luke
  • Jay Hernandez
  • Lee Jackson
  • Lee Thompson Young
  • Tim McGraw
  • Grover Coulson
  • Connie Britton

Did You Know?


  • To gather research, producers visited real high school football games in Texas during the fall of 2003.
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  • American flag decals were first added to football helmets during the 1990s.
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    • Boobie Miles: Y'all wanna win? Put Boobie in.
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The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights. Berg and cinematographer Tobias Schliessler get up close to the action, catching the hits and miscues in all their violent urgency.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times