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Sentimental, yes, but inspiring

January 02, 2007|by JIM KLICK

"We Are Marshall" is a really good movie. It is based on a real story.

It starts at a school named Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., in 2006. The narrator tells that time stands still at one specific hour on a specific day each year to remember a tragedy that changed Huntington.

Then, it goes back to November 1970 to a football game that Marshall's team, the Thundering Herd, lost. That night, on the plane ride back to Huntington, the plane carrying the team and coaches crashed, killing everyone. Students try to create a new Marshall University team with a new coach named Jack Lengyel (played by Matthew McConaughey).

Even though the Thundering Herd only wins a few games in their next season, the team still raises the spirits of an entire town.

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It is very sentimental, and the football scenes are very realistic. It is a must-see for anyone who loves football, or loves those sentimental movies like "Remember the Titans." This movie definitely rises from the ashes.

It is rated PG for mild language. I give it 9.5 touchdowns out of 10.

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