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12 Mighty Orphans (2021)


Coming Out at June 11, 2021 on New York & Texas and June 18 on Tribeca Film Festival

History, Sport

The film tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football. 

Director: Ty Roberts

Writer: Jim Dent (novel), Lane Garrison, Kevin Meyer, Ty Roberts

Stars: Luke Wilson, Robert Duvall, Vinessa Shaw, Martin Sheen, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Zach Rose


Robert DuvallMason Hawk
Vinessa ShawJuanita Russell
Martin SheenDoc Hall
Wayne KnightFrank Wynn
Luke WilsonRusty Russell
Zach RosePinkney Russell
Treat WilliamsAmon Carter
Lane GarrisonLuther
Carlson YoungAnnie
Lucy FaustWanda
Jacob LoflandSnoggs
Kelly FryeMary Jane
Scott HazeRodney Kidd
Larry PinePresident Roosevelt
Natasha BassettOpal
Heath FreemanCoach Cox
Ron WhiteSheriff Red Wright
Jake Austin WalkerHardy Brown
Christina GonzalezFootball Fan
Erica MusePHS Cheerleader
Ben HicksUIL Supporter
Tyler SilvaA. P. Torres
Gavin WarrenYoung Rusty
Slade MonroeWheatie
Gregory FountainPress Box Reporter
Sampley BarinagaChicken
Levi DylanFairbanks
Rooster McConaugheyPop Boone
Brian LafontaineReferee 2
Violeta OrtegaCheerleader
Carlton CaudleReferee (Championship Game)
King OrbaMr. Remmert
Bailey RobertsMiller
Woodrow LuttrellLeon Pickett
David McReynoldsOrphanage Orderly
Manuel TapiaCarlos Torres
Dean MorganHighland Park Fan
Braden BalazikOrphan
Jordyn BarreraOrphan
Michelle Rose DombUIL Supporter
Josie FinkBetty Russell
Bryan Fernandezorphan
AngieguinnFootball fan
John Lawton BrownOrphanage Staff Member
Jack Michael DokeYoung George
Berkan DincerDaniel
Kelly DealynSecretary
Lillie FinkBetty Russell
Robert HenryHighland Park Referee
Miguel AndrewsMasonic Shriner – Trumpet Player
Lee EllisRef (Poly Game 2)
Gabby ClarkOrphan
Terrie CooklinUIL Supporter
Nicholas ReedJersey Boy
Michael GohlkeCrazy
Johnnie HogueFootball Fan
Austin Robert RussellMaywood
John LouisOpposing Football Player
Charlie HodgesFan
Danny MillerUIL Supporter
Dave BassTownfolk / Football Fan
Lance De Los SantosUIL Coach
Breckyn HagerGreathouse
Jason BremerDelivery Driver
Stan TaylorUIL Footbal Coach
Preston PorterDeWitt Coulter
Laura GriffinMighty Mites fan / Poly Patriot fan / Amarillo Sandies fan
Jett GreenMary Jane Russell (older)
Barbara ShelleyFootball Mom
Jordyn CantrellJerry
James BroadwaterPress Box Reporter
Scotty SayersHighland Park Head Coach-Red Hume
Daniel B. DavisUIL Member
David EatonDistrict Attorney
Kristina Nichols-FriarFootball Fan
Virginia PugaOrphanage Staff
Trent TidmoreFootball Fan
Dillon HinojosaHal
Kevin CarterReporter
Stephen BouldinHighland Park High School Football Coach

( Read more cast details on imdb )

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