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"We Are Marshall" set for College Football Hall of Fame

From a news release

Hall to screen movie and unveil exhibit on anniversary of Marshall team's fateful trip home in 1970 from a game at East Carolina

The College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN, is hosting an advance screening of the upcoming major motion picture, “We Are Marshall,” on Nov. 14, 2006. On that day, the Hall of Fame will honor the 36-year anniversary of the tragic crash of a plane carrying Marshall University’s football team.

At the conclusion of the screening of the Warner Bros. picture, the Hall will unveil a six-month exhibit featuring artifacts from the set of the movie as well as authentic historical items surrounding the tragedy.

Jack Lengyel, hired as Marshall’s head football coach after the plane crash, will attend the screening at the College Football Hall of Fame and participate in a question and answer session at the conclusion of the movie. Also attending will be the film’s director, McG, and producer, Basil Iwanyk.

Lengyel is portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in the film, which is scheduled for nationwide release on Dec. 22, 2006.

The screening will be shown inside the Hall of Fame’s Stadium Theater from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST. After the movie, media will have the opportunity to interview Lengyel, his wife, Sandy Lengyel, and Hall of Fame executive director Rick Walls.

“This screening and exhibit is the perfect avenue for our organization to recognize Marshall University’s perseverance through one of the most difficult times in the history of college football,” said Steven J. Hatchell, president of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF). “We are pleased Warner Bros. has chosen the College Football Hall of Fame as a venue for this prestigious event.”

Following the screening and interview session, the Hall of Fame will unveil the “We Are Marshall” exhibit, including costumes worn by actors McConaughey and Matthew Fox, Marshall uniforms worn during filming, and various props used on the set of the movie. In addition to movie-related items, the exhibit details events surrounding the November 14, 1970, crash which occurred during the Marshall team's return home from a hard-fought game at East Carolina University. The display will include authentic items from the period.

Based on true events, “We Are Marshall” stars Matthew McConaughey in the inspiring story of how Marshall University and the small town of Huntington, WV, struggled to restore their community and rebuild the school’s football program after the devastating crash that took the lives of nearly the entire Marshall team.

©2006 All rights rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. A College Football Hall of Fame press release contributed to this report.

02/23/2007 11:32:53 AM


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