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The Longshots

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fred Durst
Produced by Matt Alvarez
Ice Cube
Nick Santora
Written by Doug Atchison
Nick Santora
Starring Ice Cube
Keke Palmer
Tasha Smith
Jill Marie Jones
Dash Mihok
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Conrad W. Hall
Editing by Jeffrey Wolf
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 22, 2008
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $11,766,988 [1]

The Longshots is a 2008 biopic family comedy-drama film sports movie based on the real life events of Jasmine Plummer, the first female to participate in the Pop Warner football tournament.

The film stars Ice Cube and Keke Palmer, their second movie together after Barbershop 2: Back in Business. It is directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.



The movie starts out in Minden, Illinois, a former factory town with no money and a pathetic football team. Curtis Plummer, a down-and-out former football player is going nowhere, until he meets his niece Jasmine, the daughter of his no-good brother. Jasmine has worn her father's watch ever since he left five years ago, in the hopes that he will return. Her mother Claire asks Curtis to take care of Jasmine after school, because Claire has to work at the town diner. Curtis realizes Jasmine has a talent for throwing a football, which he nurtures into a passion for the game. He then persuades her to try out for the town's Pop Warner football team, the Minden Browns, because he thinks it would be good for her and the team. The team, including the coach, are against it, but her abilities gain her a spot on the team. However, the coach keeps her on the bench. In the fourth game, after much prodding from Curtis, the coach puts Jasmine in the game, and although they lose, everyone said they could have won if she had played from the beginning. Jasmine becomes the starting quarterback and the Minden Browns become a winning team.

Everything is going great, until Coach Fisher has a heart attack, and the assistant coach asks Curtis to help coach the team through the last two games. He hesitates at first, but is eventually talked into it. They win the two games and are able to go to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Miami Beach. Jasmine's father, Roy, suddenly shows up after he sees her on TV. Claire and Curtis are both unhappy about his returning, but Jasmine is ecstatic.

The Browns are able to go to the Super Bowl after raising the money for the trip, including Curtis' donation of his life savings. Jasmine plays poorly in the first half when her father does not show up. Curtis talks her through her feelings for her father and Minden rallies for the second half. However, they lose the game after a teammate drops the ball on the last play. They are glad that they did their best. After they get back, Jasmine gives Roy back his watch, cutting him out of her life. She then accepts her uncle Curtis as a father figure. The movie ends with the team saying the Minden Brown chant, "Who are we? Minden Browns! What we do? We get down!"




Box office

The Longshots opened on August 22, 2008 and grossed $5,149,624 in its opening week. It has grossed $11,766,988 worldwide.[1] Due to the movie's lack of success it has generally been considered a flop.

DVD release

The Longshots was released on DVD on December 2, 2008. It opened at #18 at the DVD sales chart, selling 143,000 units for revenue of $2,858,950. As per the latest figures,471,000 DVD units have been sold, translating to $9,179,131 in revenue.[2]

Filming Locations

The movie was filmed mostly in northwestern Louisiana with the majority in the small town of Minden. It was filmed at Minden High School and the Webster Parish Alternative School. The "Super Bowl" was filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana at Calvary Baptist Academy.


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