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Friday Night Lights

2004 film by Peter Berg

Friday Night Lights

Released 6 October 2004 (18 years, 8 months ago)

Director Peter Berg
Duration 113 minutes
Awards Best Sports Movie ESPY Award
Genre drama film, sports film and film adaptation
Nominated for Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Drama and Best Sports Movie ESPY Award
Composer Brian Reitzell, David Torn and Explosions in the Sky
Production company Imagine Entertainment
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Peter Berg and H. G. Bissinger
Producer Brian Grazer

About Friday Night Lights

The 2004 film Friday Night Lights, directed by Peter Berg, is a cinematic masterpiece that captures the essence of small-town America and the passion that surrounds high school football. Based on the non-fiction book by H.G. Bissinger, the film tells the story of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team from Odessa, Texas, and their quest for the state championship.

The film features a stellar cast, including Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gary Gaines, Derek Luke as star player Boobie Miles, and Lucas Black as quarterback Mike Winchell. The performances are raw and authentic, capturing the highs and lows of the football season and the impact it has on the players and their families.

Berg's direction is masterful, capturing the gritty reality of small-town life and the pressure that comes with being a high school football player. The film's cinematography is stunning, with sweeping shots of the Texas landscape and intense close-ups of the players on the field.

Friday Night Lights is a powerful film that explores themes of identity, community, and the American Dream. It is a must-see for anyone who loves football or is interested in the complexities of small-town life.


Bissinger, H.G. Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Da Capo Press, 2000.

Friday Night Lights. Directed by Peter Berg, Universal Pictures, 2004.

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