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  • Summary: Former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the Ohio State championship game where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at his destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand, Scotts longtime mentor on and off the field, to help him decide whether to let his fate unfold, or follow a path that will change his future. (Anchor Bay Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Apr 11, 2012
    Touchback may accurately be called cornball hokum by some, but it's nevertheless a well-made film filled with heart and soul (and Snake Plissken).
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 19, 2012
    What ultimately waters down a movie like Touchback, aside from a really sappy ending, is that we know the answers going in.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 11, 2012
    Entering the minor canon of movies named after sports regulations - move over, "Offside!" - Don Handfield's Touchback takes a handoff from "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "It's A Wonderful Life" and runs it up the middle for a modest gain.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Apr 16, 2012
    This handsomely produced but ponderously uplifting trifle should be flagged for excessive schmaltz and offensive illogic.
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  1. Apr 17, 2012
    Scott's decision, and how the ending plays down to the detail, is obvious from the first ten minutes. The rest of the movie just goes through the motions like so much labor. Every scene goes the way you think it will, and nothing works. The dialog contains such witticisms as, "Nice job Pearson, you dummy!" from one of Scott's teammates, and, "I'm gonna break your neck, Backwater!" from a member of the rival team--"Backwater" being the clever term used by insiders and outsiders alike for the small town of Coldwater. The actors struggle with stage direction; I always felt conscious of the players hitting their marks and delivering their awkward lines; nothing comes off as natural. It doesn't help that the actors, especially Presley, are too old to play high school kids. Full review on my blog. Expand