- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 26, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Excel Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Los Angeles Times - 09/26/2008
"STRONG convincingly preaches a credo of turning the other cheek and honor above victory....The movie is well shot and edited..."
Football movies start to look a little wimpy next to the brawny brawls of this rugby film. In FOREVER STRONG, a rugby player has to play for a rival team after he is convicted of a second DUI. This sports drama stars Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Sean Astin, and Penn Badgley.
Based on actual events, Forever Strong is the story of a volunteer American rugby coach who creates not only championship teams, but championship boys. Forever Strong offers sports action, drama and the results of following a strong ethical code to achieve victory on and off the field.
Rick Penning (Sean Faris, Never Back Down) lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate (Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings) offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for his rival, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick joins the team where he must adopt the grueling training schedule and unique code of conduct that Coach Gelwix (Gary Cole, Office Space) enforces, or finish out the season behind bars. Egos clash as bitter competitors struggle to become a team. An unlikely brotherhood is formed with his Highland teammates, just as Rick is released from jail and sent back home to rejoin his former team, coached by his overbearing father (Neal McDonough, Desperate Housewives). Heading into a face-off with Highland at the National Championship, Rick is forced to choose where his loyalty lies.