12 Mighty Orphans, releasing June 18, 2021 in theaters from Sony Pictures Classics is an inspirational sports drama. The mighty mites are an orphanage high school football team at the Masonic home who do not own a field, gear and only have twelve players to complete the team. A team that started with nothing yet became a national sensation & transformed the sport of football during the Great Depression and moving forward.
Over the course of the winning season led by Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson) a World War I veteran who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress and Doc Hall (Martin Sheen) continue to fight to give these kids a chance to transform into young men. This inspiring true story of the resilience of the orphanage shines a light on a program that was considered less of a school and more of a second-class poor kid program.
More than winning as an underdog the film is about coming together, shifting attitudes, overcoming adversity to gain confidence and witness real transformation in a community and the narrative of the team. Rusty adds his own components and believes lessons are applicable on and off the field. He applies examples such as physics to the sport and in the credits, we learn this created long term an academic interest.
Though 12 Mighty Orphans can often be foreshadowed & uses typical plot points it is nonetheless a great sports film of involvement in the community.