The Longshots (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Longshots (2008)
  • Rate: 4.3/10 total 2,165 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport
  • Release Date: 22 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:94 min
  • Filming Location: Minden, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $23,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $11,508,423(USA)(23 November 2008)
  • Director: Fred Durst
  • Stars: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer and Tasha Smith
  • Original Music By: Teddy Castellucci   
  • Soundtrack: MIAMI JUMPSUIT
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: American Football | Middle School | Absent Father | Based On True Story

Writing Credits By:

  • Nick Santora (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Keke Palmer trained for 6 weeks learning not only how to throw a football correctly, but also how to call plays as a real quarterback would do.

Goofs: Continuity: When Jasmine is reading her book in the cafeteria, the position of it changes from held up to down between front and rear shots.

Plot: The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.  »

Story: The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.


Synopsis: Based on a true story, Curtis Plummer (Ice Cube) is a down-on-his-luck former high school football star that turns his niece, Jasmine (Keke Palmer), into the quarterback of the local team, the Minden Browns. He gets his stride back when he becomes the team’s coach after the current coach (Matt Craven) becomes ill. With Curtis as their new leader and their pigtail-wearing star player at QB, this team of misfits wins its way to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and the small city of Minden, Illinois is ignited with team spirit, town pride and glory. Becoming the first female to lead her team to the Pop Warner Super Bowl does not come without conflict. Along with the struggles of being accepted by her all male teamates, her deadbeat father re-appears when he sees his daughter starting to appear on the local & national news. She struggles with wanting her father to be a part of her life, but will soon find out that her uncle is the one who truly cares about her and is committed to being there when she most needs a father figure and best friend. She not only looks up to her uncle, but honors him by wearing his old jersey number, #11.

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Produced By:

  • Matt Alvarez known as producer
  • Ice Cube known as producer
  • Andrew G. La Marca known as executive producer (as Andy La Marca)
  • Ronald G. Muhammad known as associate producer
  • Nick Santora known as producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ice Cube known as Curtis
  • Keke Palmer known as Jasmine
  • Tasha Smith known as Claire
  • Jill Marie Jones known as Ronnie
  • Dash Mihok known as Cyrus
  • Matt Craven known as Coach Fisher
  • Glenn Plummer known as Winston
  • Garrett Morris known as Reverend Pratt
  • Miles Chandler known as Damon
  • Malcolm Goodwin known as Roy
  • Michael Colyar known as Ennis
  • Dean Delray known as Andrew Kosowski
  • Earthquake known as Karl
  • Hugo Perez known as Edgar Mejavar
  • Sheran Goodspeed Keyton known as Barb (as Sheran Keyton)
  • Greg Dorchak known as Ernie
  • Kofi Siriboe known as Javy Hall
  • Alan Aisenberg known as Feather
  • Shane Kaufman known as Rodriguez
  • Malcolm Phillips known as Manny
  • Justin Dale known as Browning
  • Chloe Bridges known as Tammy
  • Debby Ryan known as Popular Girl
  • Gerald Richardson known as Defensive End
  • Wayne Dehart known as Mr. Peppers
  • Zhailon Levingston known as Opposing Cornerback
  • Peyton 'Alex' Smith known as Opposing Linebacker (as Alex Smith)
  • George Wilson known as Testifier
  • Vincent Laresca known as Pop Warner Official #1
  • Jim Flowers known as Pop Warner Official #2
  • Athena Hawkins known as Young Girl
  • Zorianna Kit known as News Reporter
  • Caleb Landry Jones known as Jonesy (as Caleb Jones)
  • Ed Walsh known as Announcer
  • Gerry May known as Color Announcer
  • Maria Anita Howard known as Local News Anchor
  • Sophia Taylor Ali known as Girl #1 (as Sophia Taylor)
  • Katy Peppard known as Girl #2
  • Jessica Fain known as Big Girl
  • Dale Lee Ward Jr. known as Player #1
  • Amanda Bosley known as Minden Browns Fan (uncredited)
  • Breanna Brooks known as Bell Ringer (uncredited)
  • Crystal Brown-Tatum known as Arcade Friend (uncredited)
  • Bruce Bryant known as Opposing Fan (uncredited)
  • John Cramer known as Crazy Plummer Fan (uncredited)
  • Jon Dainty known as Football Game Fan (uncredited)
  • Tavaris James Durell known as Football Game Fan (uncredited)
  • Ted Ferguson known as Night Football Field Groundskeeper (uncredited)
  • Matthew Ramsaur known as Purple Team Football Fan (uncredited)
  • Odessa Sykes known as Waitress in Diner (uncredited)
  • Johnny Wright known as Sports Photographer (uncredited)

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  • Kimberly Amacker known as makeup artist
  • Nikki I Brown known as key makeup artist
  • Jeff Dawn known as makeup department head
  • Debra Denson known as makeup artist: Ice Cube
  • Melissa Forney known as hair department head
  • Yolanda Sheridan known as makeup artist
  • Bret Mayo known as key hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Dave Akes known as carpenter
  • Ted Boonthanakit known as storyboard artist
  • Gail Briant known as lead scenic
  • Kenneth Brown known as propmaker
  • John Brunot known as property master
  • Eddie Burcham known as set dresser
  • Daniel Coe known as construction coordinator
  • Randall S. Coe known as construction coordinator
  • Fran Cox known as prop assistant: football scenes
  • Lisa Akes Crouch known as greensman
  • Matthew L. Crowson known as set dresser
  • Stephanie Emery known as art department buyer
  • Stephanie Emery known as set dressing buyer
  • James Gambino known as typesetting
  • Jennifer Garlington known as set decoration coordinator
  • Michael Hendrick known as set dresser
  • Kathleen Kat Holton known as construction buyer
  • Julie Kobsa known as assistant property master
  • Julie Kobsa known as assistant property master: reshoots
  • Andree Lago known as scenic artist
  • Robert Lucas known as lead person
  • Courtney Mayfield known as art department production assistant
  • Dave Merry known as lead greens
  • Thomas Minton known as set designer
  • Cory Parker known as on-set dresser
  • Caroline Seale known as art department production assistant
  • John Eric Seay known as foreman
  • Wayne Softley Jr. known as painter
  • Lindsey Suggs known as art department coordinator
  • Gordon Thomas known as gang boss
  • Marcus Turchi known as propmaker gang boss
  • Joe Walsh known as set dresser
  • Jason Wilson known as gangboss


Production Companies:

  • Cube Vision
  • Dimension Films

Other Companies:

  • BAM Casting  local principle and background casting
  • Behind the Scenes  shipping by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cut Music  music editorial services
  • Fairfield Studios  post-production: behind-the-scenes footage (uncredited)
  • Hat Trick Catering  catering
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Right Lobe Design Group  titles
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  opticals


  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Genius Products (2008) (USA) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Custom Film Effects (visual effects)
  • Outback Post (visual effects)
  • Whodoo EFX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Ron Barr known as visual effects artist: Outback Post
  • Jamie Baxter known as digital compositor
  • Samuel M. Dabbs known as lead title designer
  • Paulina Kuszta known as visual effects coordinator

Release Date:

  • USA 22 August 2008
  • Netherlands 21 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 28 August 2009
  • Portugal 17 September 2009
  • Japan 2 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild language and brief rude humor


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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