Theatrical Release: April 13, 2012
DVD Release: August 14, 2012


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”).

Dove Review

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.


Content Description

Sex: Kissing by a couple; a "making out with yourself" comment; a girl kisses boy on cheek and a girl puts her hand on young man's leg; an innuendo by a girl telling a football player her parents are not home and she can ease his tension and then she says they can wait until Saturday; a comment that "we were naked in the same water."
Language: J-1; G/OMG-2; For G*d's sake-1; H-21; D-5; A-2; Stupid-1; Slang for testicles-1; Butt-1; Dorks-1; Suck-1; Freakin-1; Friggin-1; Geez-1; Bonehead-1; Shut up-1; Drop Dead-1
Violence: Man hurts leg in football game and it can be plainly seen that the leg is twisted the wrong way; man's swollen leg with a hole in it from a screw and surgery is seen; rough football plays; as several things go wrong there is tension between an angry man and his devoted wife; young man bangs his head on the locker to pump himself up for game.
Drugs: A drunken character is seen passed out; a few drinking scenes.
Nudity: Bare shoulders as girls and guys skinny dip in the water.
Other: Man plugs his exhaust with a rag and runs car as he attempts a suicide; someone states they called the psychic hotline.


Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Writer: Don Hanfield
Director: Don Hanfield
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey, Marc Blucas, with Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter