The U (film)

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The U is a 2009 documentary film about the University of Miami football program. It was produced by Miami-based media studio Rakontur and directed by Billy Corben.

The film premiered December 12, 2009 after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN as a part of their 30 for 30 documentary series. The U's premiere drew 2.3 million viewers, the most ever for a documentary on the sports cable network until the debut of Pony Excess, another college football documentary about the Southern Methodist University football scandal in the 1980s.[1]

DVD release[edit]

This film was released on DVD in 2010, both separately and as part of the 30 for 30 box set. The DVD cover, depicting Michael Irvin, originally had the "U" logo on his helmet, but it was airbrushed from the cover after the University of Miami objected to the logo's appearance. Excerpts from Florida State University's "Seminole Rap" video that initially appeared in the documentary were also cut from the DVD release.


Najeh Davenport, a former player, is in the process of making a sequel to The U calling it The U Reloaded – Rise for 5 and it will depict the rise to glory again in the late nineties and ending with the national title in 2001 in which Davenport served as a captain. Davenport has partnered with another former Miami grad Platon Alexandrakis and the two have their own kickstarter to help raise funds for the sequel. The official trailer has been released.[2]


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