Facing the Giants is a 2006 American Christian drama film directed by and starring Alex Kendrick. The supporting cast was composed of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church, and it is the second film that Sherwood Pictures has done. Shot in Albany, Georgia, the film relates an underdog story about American football from a Christian worldview.
Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) is the head coach at Shiloh Christian Academy, and has yet to post a winning record in his six-year tenure. After his seventh season begins with a three-game losing streak, the players' fathers start making noises about replacing him with defensive coordinator Brady Owens (Tracy Goode). This is not the only problem Grant is facing. His car is breaking down, and he discovers that he is the reason that his wife Brooke (Shannen Fields) cannot become pregnant.
Grant Taylor creates a new coaching philosophy and decides to praise God, no matter what the result. At the same time he guides and urges each one of his players to give the maximum effort, and motivates them to believe they can win under God's provision. From that point on, the Eagles lose only one more game for the rest of the season and advance all the way to the state championship game against the three-time defending champion Richland Giants. Even though the Eagles have only a third as many players as the Giants, the Eagles hold their own and ultimately win the game on a 51-yard field goal from a backup kicker who had never kicked more than a 35-yarder before. Grant's prayers for children are also answered as Brooke conceives after four years.
Alex Kendrick as Grant Taylor
Shannen Fields as Brooke Taylor
James Blackwell as Matt Prater
Bill Butler as Neil Prater
Bailey Cave as David Childers
Steve Williams as Larry Childers
Tracy Goode as Brady Owens
Jim McBride as Bobby Lee Duke
Tommy McBride as Jonathan Weston
Jason McLeod as Brock Kelley
Chris Willis as J.T. Hawkins Jr.
Ray Wood as Mr. Bridges
Erin Bethea as Alicia Houston
David Nixon as Mr. Jones
Mark Richt as Himself & former coach of Grant Taylor
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