Forever Strong (DVD)

by Excel Entertainment, Go Films


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Product Description

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to sell this DVD outside of the United States. Please contact a local LDS Bookstore in country, if available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

A troubled young rugby player is given the choice between jail or playing for a rival team coached by a man known for building not only championship teams, but championship boys. Based on a true story, Forever Strong offers stand up and cheer sports drama combined with the consequences of a strong ethical code to achieve victory on and off the field.

Special Features include:

  • Commentary with Director Ryan Little and Coach Gelwix
  • Out Takes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • An Exclusive “Live Forever Strong” motivational presentation given by Coach Larry Gelwix
  • The Haka
  • Viral videos

Product Details

  • Rating:  PG-13
  • Subtitles:  English, Spanish
  • Run Time:  112 minutes
  • Awards:  Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award
  • Released:  May 2009

About the Authors

EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT is the preeminent independent film distribution company in Utah, and though largely known for its Mormon-themed films (God’s Army, The Work & the Glory series, 17 Miracles, Pride & Prejudice, etc.), Excel has also had success releasing films with non-Mormon themes and stories (Forever Strong, Saints & Soldiers, etc.).

Although the technology and means by which audiences consume films is changing rapidly, the demand for highly creative storytelling that motivates us to live up to the light that each of us has been given is as high as ever. We feel a deep obligation to not only bring stories of hope to the world, but to promote films with high standards of craftsmanship reflective of a belief in a divine and benevolent creator.

Concerned with PG-13 rating?

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 12, 2009

This story is based on Coach Larry Gelwix and is about high school age young men. Rugby is a contact sport and there are some great shots of the game, but a little rough at times. However, the real story here is how character and building boys into respectable young men is worth the trials along the way. Because of the experience of overcoming drinking, drugs, parties and that life style, some of that is depicted, but very tastefully and the influence of friends (both boys and girls)is very apparent. I watched it with my young men and we had a great discussion afterwards about what they saw, felt and learned. It is a great movie with a message.

We loved this movie

by  Vickie  -   reviewed on  March 16, 2009

When I saw the advertising for this movie, we decided to check it out. We were not disappointed. We drove 1 hour away to see it with our boys and thought that the message that was there was great. We live on the East Coast and my kids have to put up with all kinds of things everyday, so I thought it was applicable to what they already know with a great message.

5 stars!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  December 24, 2009

Our family loves this movie! We have also been able to share it with many non-member friends including the football coach who then showed it to the football team. A great movie with a great message!

truly inspirational

by  Dianna  -   reviewed on  September 06, 2009

movies do not come along enough today which inspire, teach the lessons which each of us need to learn to succeed in this mortal life. the lessons taught in the end are what each should teach our children, ourselves and others. watch the extra's at the end of the DVD. good to use in YM/YW

Entertaining, but poor standards

by  Kimberly  -   reviewed on  July 02, 2009

I love rugby and very much enjoyed the underlying story, however I felt that it could have been told and done just fine without the scantily-clad women and alcoholic party scenes. Other films have managed to hint at these things without glamorizing them; and I hoped this film would also, but no. I had someone in mind that I would have sent this as a gift to, but I cannot because of those scenes. I will throw it away being a bit disappointed.


by  Cammie  -   reviewed on  December 08, 2009

This was a wonderful movie that was able to reach even nonmembers!! I was very happy that it showed some "real life" situations involving teens. I was concerned that it would be "too Mormony" for my nonmember friends but they all loved it so much! My husband is a trainer and he trains teenage athletes. The ones that have seen this say this movie is in their top favorite sports movies of all time. What a great storyline and motivator for kids to make right choices!!

Worth It

by  Kate  -   reviewed on  May 25, 2009

I live in Australia and was dissapointed when I saw that you don't ship this outside the US but found I could get it quicker anyway by ordering it from a local music store. I showed it to my Young Women and it went down well. It is rated M here in Australia though, I already have a waiting list of people who want to borrow it from me haha

Not Just a Rugby Movie! This movie is for everyone!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 31, 2009

This movie has power in its message. It's one that every person needs hear and see. As a former HR player, this program changed my life! Larry Gelwix is the real deal, he's the best coach I have ever played for. This movie gives you insight on why. If you want to see a wholesome movie that makes you want to be a better person, this movie is for you.


by  Krissy  -   reviewed on  February 27, 2010

This movie was awesome! I highly recommend it to anyone. With sadness, humor and The Haka it was a great pick!

Well worth it

by  Jacqueline  -   reviewed on  August 16, 2009

I had pre ordered this movie, based on the Rugby factor. I was not disappointed. It is a fantastic movie, and has a very worthwhile message. It has been a very well watched movie in our area. All parents and teens who have watched it have said that they would watch it again and many have. It was even played at a 21st just recently and everyone enjoyed it. I think it is perfect for all our youth groups and the messages in it, are what our youth of today are facing, drinking, drugs, sex, violence and inappropriate dress.

Fantastic movie & message

by  Christa  -   reviewed on  June 01, 2009

This movie was fantastic. The story is moving and makes you want to be a better person. The message is wonderful and the acting great. I am so glad they got some well-known stars to take part in this film. This has now become one of my favorite movies of all times. Watch it!!!

Captivating & Real

by  Melissa  -   reviewed on  July 22, 2009

This movie helped teach our Young Women a powerful message in a non-preachy fashion. They all loved it. I appreaciated that the worldly temptations were made to look so inticing - because in reality they are & it takes courage & a strong belief system to turn away from it. Great to see copies of it in our local DVD store. That was 112 minutes well spent.

Very Impressed

by  Laura  -   reviewed on  August 31, 2009

Oh my word. I absolutely loved this movie. It was just wonderful! So good, with a great message. It hits hard for teens and young adults my age, and I am so impressed with how this young man handles the situation he finds himself in. Love it!


by  Spencer  -   reviewed on  September 15, 2009

This movie really opens my world of sports. I never thought rugby was so cool! This movie deserves two thumbs up. It's about a boy who is really going down the wrong path. He turns his life around in a detention center. He is given the opportunity to play rugby to get out of the detention center for times. After he gets out of the center, he is determined to stay FOREVER STRONG. This movie is great and I recommend it to you.

The Best!

by  Alethea  -   reviewed on  February 06, 2010

Wonderful movie. True story of a rugby player who goes through some rough times. This movie has a wonderful ending between father and son. I especially love the Haka or war chant. Always gives me the chills. This is a movie that I think everyone will enjoy.

Family Favorite - especially for my teens!

by  Kelly  -   reviewed on  February 19, 2011

We watch this movie many times a year. My kids LOVE it! The message is great. The mature themes that give it a PG-13 rating are dealt with well in this movie. The consequences of poor decisions are addressed - so unlike the typical movies today. But if you do have a problem with your younger children watching PG-13, get the ClearPlay DVD player. Love that technology!

Great Movie for all ages!

by  Shea  -   reviewed on  October 19, 2009

Our family loves this movie. What's great is that even people who aren't of our faith still enjoy it. The message behind it is a wonderful lesson and is great for teens. We love this movie!


by  Manolo  -   reviewed on  December 11, 2010

This is a movie that is is really good. It isn't a fluffy piece thrown together like so many others. Loved it--especially knowing that it's based on a true story. Great family film.

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