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Greater (2016)

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The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

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David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

Writers:

Brian Reindl, David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal McDonough ... Marty Burlsworth
Leslie Easterbrook ... Barbara Burlsworth
Christopher Severio Christopher Severio ... Brandon Burlsworth (as Chris Severio)
Michael Parks ... Leo Burlsworth
Nick Searcy ... The Farmer
Peter Gray Lewis ... Coach Tice (as Peter Lewis)
Fredric Lehne ... Coach Bender
M.C. Gainey ... Coach Ford
Wayne Duvall ... Pastor Rick
Texas Battle ... Anthony Lucas
Mark Dobies ... Coach Nutt
Grant Cook Grant Cook ... Grant Garrett
Josh Emerson ... Nathan Ward
Ethan Waller Ethan Waller ... Young Brandon
Todd Julian ... Mike
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Storyline

Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I. Undeterred, Brandon took a big risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing. The overly-fat kid who was once an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon was tragically killed in a car accident, crushing all who knew him. Brandon was "too good to be ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and smoking
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greater: The Brandon Burlsworth Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$627,974, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$2,000,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,000,093
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Trivia

Brandon's trademark black glasses has inspired children for over 15 years to live by Brandon's motto, "Do things the right way." Since his passing, the University of Arkansas has honored the Burls' Kids, a non profit charity, at an Arkansas Razorback home football game. See more »

Goofs

When Brandon calls his family in November of 1994 to tell them he got a scholarship, the calendar on the wall shows November 1st as a Sunday. In 1994, November 1st was on Tuesday. See more »

Quotes

Coach Tice: You know, football's a rough game; it's unpredictable. Life itself, squeezed into 60 minutes in 100 yards. Now, you can't control who your mom and daddy is, but you can control how hard you work. Sow with thought, you reap in action. Sow with action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. You sow a character, you reap a destiny. Every place starts with a cadence and ends with a whistle. What you do in between, determines your legacy, so make sure you give it everything you've ...
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Crazy Credits

There is some footage of the real Brandon after the last credits. See more »

Connections

References Dumb and Dumber (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Truth
Written by Adam Bonomo, Philip Anderson, John Phillips, Matthew Hyrka, Will Horton
Performed by The Black Cadillacs
Courtesy of The Black Cadillacs
By arrangement with dms.FM
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Good Sports Movie until the religious brainwashing
14 January 2017 | by harold-verhagenSee all my reviews

I'll be quick, this is my first time reviewing a movie.

Although I often considered doing it, I never felt as compelled to do it than right now after watching Greater.

The reason is simply that Brandon Bulsworth's story is inspiring and was an amazing material for a great sports movie. However, the last 15 minutes is akin to be in a church during a sermon.

So - I recommend watching this film for the story and camaraderie - but be aware that it's blatant religious propaganda. I would be scared to show this to my children as it would seriously allow them to start thinking that they "are too small to see the bigger picture".

The whole point of the movie is to make a metaphor of life with what happens on a football pitch.

I.e. The players only see so close to them but the coach sees the bigger picture. Human's only narrowly see in front of them but god sees the bigger picture.

I really enjoyed the viewing experience until this ruined it for me.

P.S. If you are religious - go for it - you will love it.


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