Gridiron Gang

September 15th, 2006


Gridiron Gang

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Still of Dwayne Johnson in Gridiron GangStill of Dwayne Johnson and Setu Taase in Gridiron GangPhil Joanou at event of Gridiron GangGridiron GangStill of Xzibit in Gridiron GangStill of Dwayne Johnson in Gridiron Gang

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.8/10 (16,034 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Phil Joanou

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell

In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids.

Writers: Jeff Maguire, Jac Flanders

Dwayne Johnson - Sean Porter (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)
Xzibit - Malcolm Moore
L. Scott Caldwell - Bobbi Porter
Leon Rippy - Paul Higa
Kevin Dunn - Ted Dexter
Jade Yorker - Willie Weathers
David V. Thomas - Kelvin Owens (as David Thomas)
Setu Taase - Junior Palaita
Mo McRae - Leon Hayes (as Mo)
James Earl - Donald Madlock (as James Earl III)
Trever O'Brien - Kenny Bates
Brandon Smith - Bug Wendal (as Brandon Mychal Smith)
Jurnee Smollett - Danyelle Rollins
Michael J. Pagan - Roger Weathers
Jamal Mixon - Jamal Evans

Taglines: One goal. A second chance.


Official Website: Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 15 September 2006

Filming Locations: Agoura High School - 28545 W. Driver Avenue, Agoura Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,414,630 (USA) (17 September 2006) (3504 Screens)

Gross: $38,432,823 (USA) (22 October 2006)

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Did You Know?

With this film, Sony became the first studio to release ten films that opened at #1 at the box office in a single year. The previous record of nine was also set by Sony in 2003, with the release of Something's Gotta Give.

Anachronisms: The events were supposed to have taken place in 1993. You can see the teams wearing Under Armour gear but UA wasn't made public until 1995-1996 and it was sold to the Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech).

Sean Porter: Choi, get in!

User Review

This movie was awesome!

Rating: 9/10

I just saw Gridiron Gang at a screening. It was great! The beginning was very violent, depressing, and scary- to the point where my friend and I considered leaving. It got better, though, and the violent beginning actually did a good job of setting up the story of the rival gangs. It was very well-acted, especially by The Rock. I was surprised because this is the first movie I've seen him in that I actually enjoyed. There was a good balance between the football aspect of the movie and the story itself. It wasn't just a "football movie"- it was about how playing on the football team was able to change the kids' lives. The ending was really good.


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