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12 MIGHTY ORPHANS tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn't beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.


Luke Wilson
Vinessa Shaw
Martin Sheen
Wayne Knight
Jake Austin Walker


Directed by

Ty Roberts

Screenplay by

Ty Roberts & Lane Garrison
Kevin Meyer

Based on the book by

Jim Dent

Produced by

Houston Hill
Brinton Bryan
Michael De Luca
Angelique De Luca
Ty Roberts

Executive Producers

Mike Barr
Ryan R. Ross
Matt Barr
Kyle Stroud
Ryan R. Johnson
Martin Sheen
Rhett Bennet
Scott Helbing
J. Todd Harris
Greg McCabe
George Young Jr.