Undefeated (2011 film)
Daniel Lindsay and|
T. J. Martin
Zipper Bros Films
Five Smooth Stones Productions
Level 22 Productions
The Weinstein Company (USA)|
Alliance Films (Canada)
|Box office||$562,218 |
Undefeated is a 2011 documentary film directed by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin. The film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a winning season after years of losses. The team is turned around by coach Bill Courtney, who helps form a group of young men into an academic and athletic team.
Lindsay and Martin served as co-directors, cinematographers, sound recorders and editors, recording more than 500 hours of footage.
The film received critical acclaim at the South by Southwest conference in March 2011. The Weinstein Company was reported to have closed a seven-figure deal for distribution and remake rights to Undefeated. On February 26, 2012, the movie won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The film currently holds a 96% approval rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 100 reviews with an average rating of 7.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "It covers familiar sports documentary territory, but Undefeated proves there are still powerful stories to be told on the high school gridiron." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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