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Title:
The slaughter rule
Author:
Robinson, Michael.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Showtime Entertainment : Distributed by Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, [2003]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A high school football player is faced with losses, both on the field and off. Roy is a defeated hero whose only chance of saving his dignity is "the slaughter rule", a forced end to the game before the point of humiliation. Roy becomes lost in a world with rules, but a renegade coach and a new romance give him the strength for one last play.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Special features: "Afterthought" and directors commentary; "Snapshot diaries" from the Sundance Film Festival.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9781932228380
UPC:
758445901122
Format :
DVD

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In a bleak rural town, a troubled young man in search of a father figure believes he might have found one when he is recruited to play six-man football by a local coach; this relationship, however, proves to be fraught with disturbing ambiguities. This DVD release features "Afterthought" and commentary; "Snapshot Diaries" from The Sundance film festival; never-before-seen footage.


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A teenager at a personal crossroads finds himself questioning the things that have given his life meaning in this independent coming-of-age drama. Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling) is a high school senior in a small Montana town. Roy doesn't have an especially close relationship with his mother Evangelline (Kelly Lynch), and he hasn't seen his father in years. That doesn't prevent Roy from feeling emotionally devastated when he learns that his father has killed himself, and Roy's self-esteem takes a beating when he's cut from the high school football team shortly afterward. Roy wiles away his time swilling beer with his best friend, Tracy Two Dogs (Eddie Spears), and falling into a romance with Skyla (Clea Duvall), a barmaid at a local tavern, but it seems Roy's short time on the high school gridiron impressed Gideon Ferguson (David Morse), a local character who coaches a semi-pro six-man football team when he isn't delivering newspapers or trying to score a gig singing country songs at nearby honky-tonks. Gid thinks Roy has potential, and asks him to join his team; encouraged by Gid's belief in him, Roy agrees, and he persuades Tracy to tag along. While playing hardscrabble six-man football helps restore Roy's self-confidence, he finds it doesn't answer his questions about his future or his relationship with Skyla, and when Gid's overwhelming interest in Roy begins to lend credence to the rumors that Gid is gay, Roy starts to wonder just why he was asked to join the team. Jay Farrar, founder of the acclaimed alternative country bands Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, composed the film's musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi