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‘We Are Marshall’ tells true story

September 21, 2012
By Tom LaVille , Times-Republican

This week's film at the Orpheum is based on a true story. In November 1970, virtually the entire football team and their coaches of Marshall High School in Huntington, W.Va. were killed in an airplane accident. This catastrophe shook the nation and devastated a community. One player, Nate Ruffin, a player who had been sick and missed the tragic flight lead a movement in their community to convince the board of governors to let the school play in the 1971 season. The school had to find a coach, who in turn had to find players for the team, then had to petition the NCAA to allow freshman to play on the varsity team. All this was accomplished by coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey).

 
 
 

 

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