Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Based on the true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael "Big Mike" Oher. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has had little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Leigh Anne soon takes charge however, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including giving the coach a few ideas on how best to use Michael's skills. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. Michael Oher was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. Written by
Michael Oher was an experienced football player when he enrolled at Briarcrest. He developed into a premier left tackle, and was heavily recruited by top schools in the Southeastern Conference. Oher was less than pleased by the movie's depiction of him as passive, unskilled big guy who was only barely acquainted with football. Nor was he enamored by the Forrest Gump-like depiction of himself in the film; in real life, Oher is taller and more athletic. See more »
The movie's introduction credits former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor with making the left tackle the second most important and highest paid position in the NFL after quarterback. That is an oversimplification, necessitated by the movie's focus on Michael Oher. The book divides its narrative evenly between the evolution of offensive tackles in the NFL and Oher's story. Among the top 10 highest paid players in 2008, only two were quarterbacks, and one, Flozell Adams, was a left tackle. As the NFL's first dominant blitzing linebacker, Taylor forced NFL coaches to adjust their formations, personnel, play calling, and schemes. However, left tackle was already a key position, and Taylor's impact went beyond one position. The right tackle position became just as critical to NFL teams due to a large number of superstar left-handed QBs, including Stephen Young and Mark Brunell. Oher started at right tackle during his 2009 rookie season for the Ravens, except when he filled in for injured left tackle Jared Gaither. See more »
Leigh Anne Touhy:
There's a moment of orderly silence before a football play begins. Players are in position, linemen are frozen, and anything is possible. Then, like a traffic accident, stuff begins to randomly collide. From the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bones, closer to 4 seconds than 5.
Leigh Anne Touhy:
One-mississippi - Joe Theismann, the Redskins quarterback takes the snap and hands-off to his running mate. Two-mississippi - it's a trick play, a flea-flicker. And the running back ...
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I don't usually feel the need to leave comments, but this movie was just to well done not to. I went in expecting more football, more hits & highlights & as a huge football fan that was one of the main draws of the movie. The football actually takes a back seat to a wonderful story that is well executed by everyone involved. I've always thought Sandra Bulluck has been over-rated, but she nails this role & deserves some recognition down the road. The movie is so fantastic that anyone and everyone can relate and feel connected to the characters. The ideal target audience for this movie is children and adults alike. This movie should be an Oscar contender but I know these types of movies rarely ever win. Definitely deserves my vote!
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