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The 5th Quarter

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Film Synopsis:

For every season, there is a time to hurt a time to heal a time to triumph.

The death of a promising young athlete just days before his 16th birthday inspires his older brother to lead his college football team to new heights in The 5th Quarter, the moving saga of the Abbate family of Marietta, Georgia. Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, Benny and Joon, A Shine of Rainbows), Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Groundhog Day) and Ryan Merriman (Home of the Giants, Final Destination 3) star in this touching true story from writer and director Rick Bieber (Crazy, Radio Flyer).

When 15-year-old Luke Abbate (Stefan Guy) is killed in a tragic car accident, the loss leaves his close-knit family reeling with grief. Fueled by faith and their deep familial bond, the Abbates try to rebuild their lives without Luke, fulfilling his wish to help others by donating his organs to save the lives of five other people. But despite the support of loving friends and family, his death leaves a void in their lives that threatens to tear the family apart.

Struggling with the devastating loss, Luke’s older brother Jon (Ryan Merriman), a gifted football player at Wake Forest University, decides to honor his brother’s memory and love for the game by dedicating the 2006 season to him. With the added motivation of “playing for two,” he dons Luke’s beloved No. 5 jersey and inspires his teammates to play the best football of their lives—and become the most improved team in America. Predicted to finish last in their division, the Wake Forest football team surpassed all expectations by winning an unforgettable championship season.

A tribute to the power of hope and love, The 5th Quarter is an inspiring true story about a family coming together to rally a team, a school and a community to achieve more than they could ever have been imagined.

  • Ryan Merriman ~~~ Jon Abbate
  • Aidan Quinn ~~~ Steven Abbate
  • Andie MacDowell ~~~ Maryanne Abbate
  • Andrea Powell ~~~ Bonnie
  • Jillian Batherson ~~~ Hailey Scott
  • Anessa Ramsey ~~~ Lynn Garber
  • Bonnie Johnson ~~~ Joan Kinsey
  • Michael Harding ~~~ Coach Jim Grobe
  • Patrick Stogner ~~~ Henry
  • William Smith Yelton ~~~ Brandon
  • Maureen Mountcastle ~~~ Pam Steele
  • Stefan Guy ~~~ Luke Abbate
  • Jon Stafford ~~~ Coach Billings
  • Kendrick Cross ~~~ Fireman
  • R. Keith Harris ~~~ Dr. Phillips
  • Kenny Hinkle ~~~ Young Luke Abbate
  • Stacy Earl ~~~ Joan Marie
  • Matt McGrath ~~~ Adam Abbate
  • Kristen Nicole LaPrade ~~~ Susie Simons
  • Bradley Evans ~~~ Joe Haynes
  • Patt Noday ~~~ ACC Sports TV Reporter
  • Jason Drago ~~~ Officer #1
  • John Newberg ~~~ Coach Hood
  • Pastor Terry Nelson ~~~ Himself
  • Capel Kane ~~~ Allie
  • Ted Johnson ~~~ Bob Kinsey
  • Janine Lorraine ~~~ Spectator
  • Masha Dowell ~~~ Football Patron
  • Tina Murphy ~~~ Gym Member
  • Mandy Manis ~~~ Rachel Abbate
  • Rick Meadows ~~~ Coach Hines
  • Dave Blamy ~~~ Stan Cotten
  • Heanon Tate ~~~ Officer #2
  • Bob McCreary ~~~ Himself
  • Josh Smith ~~~ Steve Justice
  • Sammy Nagi Njuguna ~~~ Josh Gattis
  • Sharrin Edwards ~~~ Nurse Jean Amato
Name/Company: Rocky Mountain Pictures
Contact Person:
Phone: 801-943-1720
Fax: 801-944-8709
Website: Film Website
Email: Email Contact
The 5th Quarter, 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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