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- After Boaz YakinBoaz Yakin was hired to direct the movie, producer [?] Jerry Bruckheimer learned that Yakin did not know anything about American football. He then arranged for Yakin to attend a football camp, and the director picked up enough information in two weeks to resume full-speed work afterward.
- There is one scene in the film where a brick is thrown through Coach Boone's window. In real life it was an old toilet that was thrown, but film makers thought this would add humor to the serious situation.
- The original script was full of profanity but Disney, in an effort to produce a good family film, asked producer, [?] Jerry Bruckheimer, to remove all extreme profanity from the script.
- The state championship game was played at 12 o'clock noon on Saturday, not at night as portrayed in the movie.
- In real life, Coach [?] Bill Yoast has four daughters: Bonnie, Angela, Sheryl, and Deidre. Unlike in the film, all four daughters lived with their mother, Betty Yoast, after their parents divorced. Bonnie was in college, Angela went to a different high school, and Deidre was only 3-years-old in 1971, but Sheryl attended most of the games and other events with her father, so the filmmakers thought it would be distracting to depict the other three girls. While [?] Bill Yoast was not happy about that, the sisters were fine with it and rather enjoyed the movie.
- Ray Budds, Alan Bosley, Fred Bosley, and Coach Tyrell are just some of the many fictional characters created for the film to make it more conflicting and dramatic.
- Opened with a gross of $20.905m in the USA and stopped September 2000 from being one of the worst months for movies ever.
- [?] Gerry Bertier was injured in an automobile accident and paralyzed for the rest of his life from the waist down. However, this did not happen until after the 1971 regular football season was already over; he played in all 13 games. It was also not, as depicted, due to being hit by another car: Bertier lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole; the cause was determined to be mechanical failure in the engine's motor mount. Following his surgery, many other teammates besides [?] Julius Campbell also used the pretense of being immediate family to see him in the hospital.
- The final score in the championship game was 27-0, won by T.C. Williams. [?] Andrew Lewis totaled negative rushing yardage during the game.