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Under the Stadium Lights

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Under the Stadium Lights
Directed byTodd Randall
Based on
Brother's Keeper
  • Al Pickett
  • Chad Mitchell
Produced by
  • Hamid Torabpour
  • Camille Torabpour
  • Mark Smith
  • Charles Bridwell
  • Stelio Savante
CinematographyJoseph Loeffler
Edited byTodd Randall
Music byErick Schroder
Winter State Entertainment
Distributed bySaban Films
Release date
  • June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)
CountryUnited States

Under the Stadium Lights is a 2021 sports drama film directed by Todd Randall and starring Milo Gibson and Laurence Fishburne. It is based on the nonfiction book Brother's Keeper by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell.[1][2] The film follows the players, coach, and team chaplain of a high school football team in Abilene, Texas.

It was released in select theaters and on video on demand in the United States on June 4, 2021 by Saban Films.[3]



Principal photography wrapped before the COVID-19 pandemic and the film is now in post-production.[6] Production began in Minnesota in 2018[7] and wrapped up filming in Abilene, Texas in early 2019. While shooting in Abilene the crew filmed at popular local destinations such as Abilene Zoological Gardens, Paramount Theatre, Abilene High School, and Shotwell Stadium.[8]


In November 2020, Saban Films acquired North American and U.K. rights to the film and renamed Under the Stadium Lights.[9] It was released in select theaters and on digital June 4, 2021. It was released on DVD on August 3, 2021.


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 11% of 18 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 3.6/10.[10] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 31 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[11] Alan Ng of Film Threat rated the film a 7 out of 10.[12] Nell Minow of RogerEbert.com awarded the film two stars.[13] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe awarded the film one star.[14]


  1. ^ Busch, Anita (August 20, 2018). "Milo Gibson, Laurence Fishburne To Star In 'Brother's Keeper' For Winter State". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Ames, Jeff (August 21, 2018). "Milo Gibson, Laurence Fishburne to Star in Sports Drama Brother's Keeper". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Dela Paz, Maggie (April 14, 2021). "Under the Stadium Lights Trailer for Laurence Fishburne Sports Drama". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Wilner, Christopher (May 16, 2018). "'Brother's Keeper:' Famous actor headlines cast for film on Abilene High's title season". KTXS-TV. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (February 4, 2019). "Film News Roundup: Country Singer Bucky Covington Joins Football Drama 'Brother's Keeper'". Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 19, 2020). "'Brother's Keeper': Film Bridge International Boards Winterstate Milo Gibson-Laurence Fishburne Football Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  7. ^ Erdahl, Kent (June 5, 2018). "Movie featuring Laurence Fishburne filming in Owatonna". KARE (TV). Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Jaklewicz, Greg (February 10, 2019). "BroKeep: Lights! Camera! Lots of action! in Abilene for 'Brother's Keeper' movie". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  9. ^ Roxborough, Scott (November 13, 2020). "AFM: Saban Scores North American, U.K. Rights for 'Under The Stadium Lights' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  10. ^ "Under the Stadium Lights". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "Under the Stadium Lights". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved April 9, 2024.
  12. ^ Ng, Alan (June 9, 2021). "Under the Stadium Lights". Film Threat. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  13. ^ Minow, Nell (June 4, 2021). "Under the Stadium Lights". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  14. ^ Burr, Ty (June 3, 2021). "'Under the Stadium Lights': 'Friday Night Lights' off". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 18, 2022.

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