Former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the Ohio State championship game where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at his destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell), Scott's longtime mentor on and off the field, to help him decide whether to let his fate unfold, or follow a path that will change his future. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Touchback
Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end.
A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.
Are any of them alone reason enough to sit through two hours of warmed-over life lessons? Not particularly, but it should be said that the cast and crew have made a fair stride towards redeeming earnest low-budget filmmaking of this ilk...
If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.
Touchback takes a handoff from Peggy Sue Got Married and It's A Wonderful Life and runs it up the middle for a modest gain.
Touchback is a sweet family film that ultimately lacks enough insight into the main character's thought process as he struggles to make a decision that could change his life.
[I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending.
Touchback isn't a bad movie, aside from the makeup effects that look like someone just shoved a pillow down Bryan Presley's shirt. It's just an unconvincing one.
Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama.
It's flawed but amiable, leading with its heart to tell a simple tale of refreshed consciousness, blended with a little touch of fantasy to give the material a comforting lift.
Touchback may accurately be called cornball hokum by some, but it's nevertheless a well-made film filled with heart and soul (and Snake Plissken).
Audience Reviews for Touchback
The trailer of the film looks like a touchdown, but the film itself is a fumble. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before a bunch of times. It reminded me of movies like Mr. Destiny, 17 Again, The Family Man, and Click to name a few. Those films are better than this one. This one is too predictable.
Also, they should have casted 2 actors to play the same roles. Meaning they should have casted a younger actor to play the high school version and casted an older actor to play the older version of the character. I thought the make up to make some of the actors look older, were terrible and fake. Kurt Russell looks like he is doing a bad copy of his character from the movie Miracle. He was better in that, than this film.
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