Title: 12 Mighty Orphans
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Ty Roberts
Based on the novel by: Jim Dent
Written by: Lane Garrison, and Ty Roberts
Starring: Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen
Release Date: 6/11/2021
Running Time: 118 minutes

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The true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.


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