The 5th Quarter

DVD Release: August 30, 2011
The 5th Quarter


In the spirit of The Blind Side comes this inspiring true story of family, faith and football. Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell deliver emotionally stirring performances as the mother and father of Jon Abbate, a rising football star at Wake Forest University. Their lives are suddenly shattered when the family’s youngest son, Luke, is killed in a tragic accident. Inspired by Luke’s memory, Jon courageously leads the Wake Forest team to a series of last-minute victories — leading to a thrilling climax that will “make you stand up and cheer!” (NYC Movie Guru)

Dove Review

“The 5th Quarter” is a precious expose’ on life, loss, faith and giving. Life is fragile and this film shows how a family comes to grips with the loss of their beloved son and brother Luke. As they learn to heal, they come together as a family to remember Luke and begin to live their lives for and in his memory. This is a very emotional film that shows how God can bring people together even in the worst of times. The faith of this family is clearly demonstrated by open prayer and bible reading. The film keeps a good pace and features some uplifting moments.

We do want the viewer to know that there is loss of life in this movie and there is also a discussion of the merits of organ donation as Luke’s family becomes a blessing to five other people and their families. Dove is pleased to award “The 5th Quarter” our Family-Approved seal for ages 12 and over due to the content listed below.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A few Husband/Wife & Boyfriend/Girlfriend kisses.
Language: S-3; OG/OMG-10; Several uses of God reverently used.
Violence: Implied car crash with loss of life and injuries; boy in hospital after crash with bloody face and upper body; a boy is brain dead after the accident.
Drugs: Several scenes with beer or alcohol use.
Nudity: Bare midriff on cheerleaders.
Other: Discussion of organ donation.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Rick Bieber
Director: Rick Bieber
Producer: Bob J. McCreary & Rick Bieber
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 89 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe