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Former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) 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 (Kurt Russell), Scott’s 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.
Written and Directed by Don Handfield, Touchback also stars Melanie Lynskey (Up In the Air, Sweet Home Alabama, CBS’ “Two and a Half Men”), Mark Blucas (Knight and Day, The Jane Austen Book Club) and Christine Lahti (Smart People, CBS’ “Chicago Hope”).
This is a dramatic story which many people can relate to, a “what might have been” story. Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) was a football hero who injured his knee during a game-winning play. His life hasn’t been the same since. He is now a farmer who has everything imaginable go against him, such as broken machinery during harvest, rain at the wrong time, etc.
Scott winds up with a second chance to alter his past, but if altered, it might mean losing his wife, who was his sweetheart at the time. Is avoiding the injury worth his marriage to a devoted wife? Despite the nice themes in the film, including a town pulling together to help someone, and despite strong performances by Brian Presley as Scott and Kurt Russell as Coach Hand, the film contains strong language and we cannot therefore award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.