The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football

Theatrical Release: January 13, 2017
DVD Release: May 9, 2017
The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football


Limited Theatrical Release – This feature-length documentary film explores the life and times of Bobby Bowden, the coach with a team of loyal assistants and players who fought against all odds and countless obstacles to forge one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports.

From 1987 to 2000 the Florida State Seminoles won the hearts of America and thrilled their fans with 14 consecutive ten-win, top-five seasons. Beginning with a come-from-behind victory in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl, Bobby Bowden’s teams began a flirtation with perfection. In seven of those seasons they lost only one game. More often than not, the players’ quest for a perfect season came down to one play where mere inches or seconds determined the outcome.

THE BOWDEN DYNASTY extends beyond football, to explore universal themes of family and redemption to which all audiences can relate. Coach Bowden is legendary for his unyielding faith and “The Bowden Dynasty” examines how he inspired acts of courage and grace while changing the lives of those around him.

For all the accolades bestowed upon Coach Bobby Bowden and his teams for their on-field achievements, the insider stories of the coach and his enormous impact on those around him have never been shared on the big screen. Now, on the 30th anniversary of “The Dynasty” run, those stories will be told!

Dove Review

“The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football?” is a surefire winner of a film! This documentary chronicles the story of Coach Bobby Bowden who guided the Florida State Seminoles to a winning streak seldom seen. They won nine consecutive ACC Championships in 14 years, 11 bowl games and two national championships. Coach Bowden’s well-known saying was, “If they don’t score, we win!”

He was not a coach to cuss but he would say, “Dad gum it!” He had a cuss jar on the table in the break room and if any coach was caught cussing, they had to put a dollar in the jar. He was a man of faith and fine Christian character. This documentary chronicles his life—physically and spiritually—from the time he was a child through his coaching days until he retired. He was a fighter from the start, including beating a case of rheumatic fever as a child.

We are pleased to award this excellent documentary five Doves, our best rating, and our Faith-Friendly Seal for ages 12-plus, due to the “other” category, including a dummy that is hung by the neck in a tree, with the coach’s name on it. His life shines as a testimony of hard work and for Christ.

Content Description

Sex: None.
Language: None.
Violence: Tackling and hard play in football.
Drugs: None.
Nudity: Shirtless men; swimwear on men and women; cheerleaders in shorts; men in shorts.
Other: A dummy with the coach's name on it is hung up in a tree; man accused of throwing a football game; a man dies and coach shares the gospel because he cares for their souls; tattoos; coach saw examples of segregation with "whites" and "colored" listed separately on restrooms.


Company: Fathom Events
Writer: John Corry
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 122 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter