A Warrior's Heart (2011)


A Warrior's Heart (2011)

In shock and denial over his Marine father's death in battle, star lacrosse player Conor Sullivan, always a maverick and a hothead, starts acting out in self-destructive ways that have his mom, Claire, at her wit's end, but arduous training in a wilderness lacrosse camp under the tutelage of his dad's old combat buddy, Sgt. Major Duke Wayne, opens Conor's eyes to the true meaning of maturity, sportsmanship and manhood.
IMDb  5.4 /10
Metacritic   24%
Director Mike Sears
Writer Martin Dugard
Release Date2011-12-02
Runtime1h 26mins
GenreAction, Drama, Family, Sport
Content RatingPG (PG)
CompanyCalifornia Pictures, Family Productions, Harlequin Pictures
Conor Sullivan
Sgt. Major Duke Wayne
Keegan Sullivan
Coach David Milligan
Seamus 'Sully' Sullivan
Joe Bryant
Xander Ritz
Xander Ritz
Sierra Assistant Coach
Coach Jarvis
Brett Jones
Brett Jones
Big Defenseman
J.P. Jones
Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson
Briarfield Assistant Coach
Martin Dugard
Martin Dugard
Coach Richie Meade

A Warrior's Heart

A Warrior's Heart is a 2011 romantic/sports drama film directed by Michael F. Sears and starring Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene. The film is based on a storyline and screenplay written by the author Martin Dugard.

Plot summary

Star Lacrosse player Conor Sullivan (Kellan Lutz) is not excited about moving to an unknown town and being the new kid at high school. He has a new love interest Brooklyn (Ashley Greene), but he struggles to find a meaning to his life.

Conor's Marine father Seamus (Chris Potter) is redeployed into Iraq where he dies in combat leaving Conor in shock and denial as he starts acting out in self-destructive ways. This greatly worries his mother Claire (Gabrielle Anwar). There is also a violent on-field clash with a long-time nemesis (Chord Overstreet) and a vandalism incident that lands him in a jail cell and finally gets him kicked off the team. To regain his obvious passion for the sport, he goes for arduous training in a wilderness Lacrosse camp. The camp is under the tutelage of his dead father's old combat buddy, Sgt. Major Duke Wayne (Adam Beach), who opens Conor's eyes to the true meaning of maturity, sportsmanship and manhood.


  • Kellan Lutz as Conor Sullivan
  • Adam Beach as Sgt. Major Duke Wayne
  • Ashley Greene as Brooklyn
  • Gabrielle Anwar as Claire Sullivan
  • Chord Overstreet as Dupree
  • William Mapother as David Milligan
  • Aaron Hill as Joe Bryant
  • Chris Potter as Lt. Col Seamus 'Sully' Sullivan
  • Jay Hayden as JP Jones
  • Ridge Canipe as Keegan Sullivan
  • Daniel Booko as Powell
  • JT Alexander as Sierra Lacrosse Player #29
  • Alex Rose Wiesel as Girls Lacrosse Player #12
  • Bryan Lillis as Riggins
  • Hymnson Chan as Brierfield Player
  • Lauren Minite as Charlie
  • Jim Pacitti as Coach Jarvis
  • Basilina Butler as Parent
  • Diego Acuna as West Coast Referee
  • Randall May as East Coast Referee
  • Allan Ines as himself
  • Ryan Vinuya as asian lacrosse player's friend
  • James Villa as asian lacrosse player's friend #2


The film was presented at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and released in the United States on December 2, 2011. Much of the filming was done at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA.

Critical reception

The film was met with mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a "rotten" score of 18% based on reviews from 11 critics.