The 5th Quarter

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The 5th Quarter
Film poster
Directed by Rick Bieber
Produced by Rick Bieber
Joel McDonell
Written by Rick Bieber
Based on Jon Abbate and the 2006 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team
Starring Ryan Merriman
Aidan Quinn
Andie MacDowell
Andrea Powell
Stefan Guy
Jillian Batherson
Michael Harding
Anessa Ramsey
Patrick Stogner
Bonnie Johnson
Music by Andy Mendelson
Cinematography Craig Haagensen
Edited by Mark Conte
5th Quarter
Park Entertainment
Distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures
Release dates
  • March 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,000,000[1]
Box office $408,159 (US)[1]

The 5th Quarter is a 2010 American film written, directed and produced by Rick Bieber based on actual events.


The Abbate family lived a typical family story until the night of Monday February 13, 2006. Luke Abbate was a passenger in a car driven by a teenage driver named Henry. Henry was giving Luke and three other boys a ride home from lacrosse practice when he decided to ramp over a hill and make the car go airborne. He sped up the car to about 90 miles an hour and the car landed in a ditch 70 feet below. Luke suffered severe head trauma and broken bones. All the teens in the car except Zack Barnett were hospitalized. The doctor declared Luke brain dead the next day, Tuesday February 14, 2006. When Mrs. Abbate told the family about taking Luke to the DMV to get his learner's permit 3 months prior, she said that he had asked "What's organ donation?" She explained it to him, and he said "Yes I want to do that." The family made the very difficult decision to donate his organs. Five people received parts of Luke's body parts, including a lady from New York, who received his heart. The family then starts the journey to mourn the loss of Luke. Each family member dealt with it in their own way. The father starts working a lot more and the mom goes into a depression. Jon's grief though was an emotional roller coaster. One day, however, his mom takes him to weight training to try to change his appearance and get back to life again. His real life weight trainer portrays himself in the movie, and he gives Jon the speech about "living for two." When he feels a little bit better, but is still grieving, he decides to go ahead and play football again. Then he goes to talk to his football coach (Jim Grobe) about switching his jersey number 40 to number 5,the number Luke wore. Wake Forest University was expected to come in last in the 2006 season. But with Jon Abbate's help, they end up an unlikely champion, sharing the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship with Georgia Tech and ending the season ranked 18th in the AP poll. Finally, at the end of the movie, the lady who receives Luke's heart came to their house and Steven Abbate listened to it, and her little girl says "Are you our angel's Mommy?" And she says "Yes, yes I am." And Mr. Abbate says "Our Boy."

The plot is based on a true story, set in and around the events of the Wake Forest football team's 2006 season. Luke Abbate's parents set up a foundation in his honor - which gives scholarships to deserving students from Luke's high school and helps families deal with issues around reckless teenage driving.



  1. "Mind On Your Music" by Mama's Gravy
  2. "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mama's Gravy
  3. "Right At Home" by Mama's Gravy
  4. "Something More" by SupaPhat
  5. "Less Than Zero" by Black Mercies
  6. "Taken It All Away" by Katy J.
  7. "Man Of Conviction" by Mama's Gravy


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 40% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.1/10.[2] Robert Koehler of Variety called it "poorly written and directed at the most basic levels".[3] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "This real-life football story fumbles the ball at every decisive juncture."[4]

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  1. ^ a b "The 5th Quarter". The Numbers. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  2. ^ "The 5th Quarter (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  3. ^ Koehler, Robert (2011-03-24). "Review: ‘The 5th Quarter’". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  4. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (2011-03-24). "The 5th Quarter: Movie Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 

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