The 5th Quarter

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The 5th Quarter
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRick Bieber
Written byRick Bieber
Based onJon Abbate and the 2006 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team
Produced byRick Bieber[1]
CinematographyCraig Haagensen
Edited byMark Conte
Music byAndy Mendelson
  • 5th Quarter
  • Park Entertainment
Distributed byRocky Mountain Pictures
Release date
  • March 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$6 million[2]
Box office$408,159 (US)[2]

The 5th Quarter is a 2011 American drama film written, directed and produced by Rick Bieber and starring Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, and Ryan Merriman.

The option of the film was an interest to Ryan Johnston, a co-producer of the film, who was responsible in raising the $6.7 million dollars to produce the film. Rick Bieber then wrote the script with permission of the Abbate family, and proceeded to move forward with casting and location scouting. The film was funded in early 2008 and pre-production began in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in late-August, 2008. Filming began in October 2008, and concluded in November.


The plot is based on a true story, dealing with the events of the Wake Forest football team's 2006 season. Luke Abbate's parents set up a foundation in his honor, which gives scholarships to deserving students from Luke's high school and helps families deal with issues around reckless teenage driving.


Luke Abbate is a popular high school athlete, who plays lacrosse and football. When the 15-year-old dies in a car accident caused by a reckless teenage driver after lacrosse practice in February 2006, Luke's older brother, Jon Abbate, is motivated to have the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team be successful in their upcoming season.



  1. "Mind On Your Music" by Mama's Gravy
  2. "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mama's Gravy
  3. "Right At Home" by Mama's Gravy
  4. "Something More" by SupaPhat
  5. "Less Than Zero" by Black Mercies
  6. "Taken It All Away" by Katy J.
  7. "Drowning Song" by Lorraine Maher
  8. "Man Of Conviction" by Mama's Gravy


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 57% of 7 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.1/10.[3] Robert Koehler of Variety called it "poorly written and directed at the most basic levels".[1] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "This real-life football story fumbles the ball at every decisive juncture."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Koehler, Robert (2011-03-24). "Review: 'The 5th Quarter'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  2. ^ a b "The 5th Quarter". The Numbers. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  3. ^ "The 5th Quarter (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 2021-10-09.
  4. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (2011-03-24). "The 5th Quarter: Movie Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-08-15.

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