12 Mighty Orphans


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jul 10 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Jul 11 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Jul 12 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jul 14 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jul 15 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:118 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ty Roberts
Cast:Luke Wilson
Robert Duvall
Martin Sheen
Vinessa Shaw
Wayne Knight
Treat Williams


“12 Mighty Orphans” features an award-winning ensemble cast, including Martin Sheen, Luke Wilson, Robert Duvall, Vinessa Shaw, Treat Williams and Wayne Knight, among others.

“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 (Luke Wilson), 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.