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When the Game Stands Tall

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

“When the Game Stands Tall” has all the makings of a late-summer hit. It’s the kind of movie that makes you feel good while crying at the same time. “When the Games Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School football team, which won 151 consecutive games from 1992 to 2004. Had director Thomas Carter, whose film is based on the book by Neil Hayes, simply

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