Based on the incredible TRUE STORY of the first North-South PEANUT BOWL
Based on the TRUE STORY
Returning from the horrors of WWII, Bill Moge finds outlying Westfield, Massachusetts, in the grip of poverty and unemployment. Moge begrudgingly accepts the job coaching Westfield High’s downtrodden football team, the Bombers, and begins building the character of his troubled players with tough love and lessons of hard work, teamwork, and overcoming ethnic prejudice. Dealing with an alcoholic, abusive father, Danny Baldyga has given up on college and a better life. Failing out of school, Vinnie Ciancotti has been supporting his mother and siblings since he was twelve – when his dad left. Battling his own demons, Moge becomes more than coach, he becomes father figure. When the Bombers not only win their division, but miraculously are invited to the first ever North-South high school bowl game, the townsfolk feel something they haven't in years - hope. Twenty-three point underdogs, the Bombers travel South, confronting segregation, discrimination, and their own fears, to compete before a hostile crowd of 20,000 in what would become the single most important event of their lives: The Peanut Bowl - one last chance at a future, at redemption, at hope.
FROM THE WRITER/ DIRECTOR
Hi, my name's Scott Baldyga. I was born in western Massachusetts and have spent the last 20 years in Los Angeles as a filmmaker. With the help of friends, it's time to tell the incredible and inspiring story of my dad's high school football team. It's not just about how this ragtag team won their division, or how they somehow got invited down to Georgia to compete in the first ever North-South Peanut Bowl, or how everyone in the region still remembers the legendary team. It's not even about how - after being declared 23-point underdogs to the powerhouse prep school team - they miraculously won.
To me, it's about the influence Coach Moge had on their entire futures. Some of them were dirt poor. Some came from abusive homes. Few had any hopes for college. But with Moge's lessons of hard work, determination, overcoming ethnic prejudices, and a now familiar theme of "do your job," these guys, to a man, decades later pointed to Coach Moge as having changed their lives. He taught them to respect each other, and themselves. He taught them they could rise above. He taught them that they were worth something, could be something.
This movie will celebrate the proud tradition of athletics in Massachusetts, and in America itself. It cuts through a lot of noise, deserving or not, associated with football these days. But at its heart, it's about how every one of us, regardless of the sport or pursuit, regardless of how humble our origins, with the right support and influences, can be a champion.
We've already, thankfully, gathered an amazing group of financiers, producers and advisors who've made many movies I'm sure you know and love. We've finished the script. The goal is to make this movie in Massachusetts this October, 2018, and more info will follow. For now, we are proud to introduce you to this story of hope and redemption that crosses all boundaries of faith and race. It's a timely true story about coming together regardless of our cultural or ethnic differences and overcoming the superficial things that separate us.
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