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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. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback."
‑ David Martindale, Dallas Morning News
"[I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Ultimately it's too sentimental to have the desired emotional impact."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"A grossly manipulative sports movie that tries to plant Capracorn in a 'Field of Dreams.'"
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Touchback takes a handoff from Peggy Sue Got Married and It's A Wonderful Life and runs it up the middle for a modest gain."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Touchback isn't a bad movie, aside from the makeup effects that look like someone just shoved a pillow down Bryan Presley's shirt. It's just an unconvincing one."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"It's flawed but amiable, leading with its heart to tell a simple tale of refreshed consciousness, blended with a little touch of fantasy to give the material a comforting lift."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Are any of them alone reason enough to sit through two hours of warmed-over life lessons? Not particularly, but it should be said that the cast and crew have made a fair stride towards redeeming earnest low-budget filmmaking of this ilk..."
‑ William Goss,
"Touchback is a sweet family film that ultimately lacks enough insight into the main character's thought process as he struggles to make a decision that could change his life."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Touchback may accurately be called cornball hokum by some, but it's nevertheless a well-made film filled with heart and soul (and Snake Plissken)."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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