- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 24, 2002
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: New Video Group
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Bonus Footage: Archive News Reels
- Trailers: Previously Unreleased GO TIGERS! Trailer
- Production Interviews:
- Ken Carlson - Director
- NFL Football Stars
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 10/05/2001
"...GO TIGERS! is an enthralling look at the drama that can transpire in the autumn of one small town on any give Friday..."
Rolling Stone - 10/11/2001
"...The funny and touching result is worth cheering for..."
USA Today - 10/04/2002
"...The movie has a compelling subplot..."
In the blue collar Ohio town of Massillon, the most important thing is high school football, and the frenzy around home team the Tigers is, as one resident observes, like "a cult... a religion." Shot on high-definition video, former Massillon resident Kenneth Carlson's documentary follows the three stars of the 1999 team, co-captains Ellery Moore, Dave Irwin, and linebacker Danny Studer, as they deal with problems like personal injuries and the pressures of their economically depressed town's high expectations. As the Tigers lurch ahead through a winning 106th season, Massillon's school system is challenged by bankruptcy, threatening teachers, education, even the team itself.
With its subject a town so obsessed with the sport that it is traditional to award a little football to each newborn male, this documentary could have been a comic indictment of the "athletics over education" fervor of small town U.S.A. Instead it works as both a tribute to American spirit and an anthropological document of the colorful ceremonies and celebrations of the people of Massillon. Carlson doesn't shy away from criticism of his subject, but still manages to transcend a "warts and all" documentary approach to achieve a portrait of Americana that is exciting and inspirational.
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