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The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  20 November 2009 (USA)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.



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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 garykmcd

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Based on the extraordinary true story


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un sueño posible  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,119,372 (USA) (20 November 2009)


$255,950,375 (USA) (14 May 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Collins Tuohy is played by a Lily Collins, her real name. See more »


When Leigh Anne is having lunch with her friends and they are discussing Michael's appearance on the Touhys' Christmas card that year, the woman who says that Michael is a potential threat to Collins is wearing a large necklace made of gold medallions. The medallions change their positions as the camera angle changes back and forth from Leigh Ann's POV to the friend's POV. Sometimes they are lying across her throat in a flat position and at other times they are twisted slightly, changing back and forth from flat to twisted for no apparent reason. See more »


[first lines]
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.
[video rewinds]
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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Written by Jeremy Sweet, Amjad Albasel and Sean Vega
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A blind man can tell that this is a great film.
29 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nice to see Sandra Bullock come back after the cinematic travesty, called All About Steve(2009). This was a well made film, perfectly filmed,and great performances by everybody.

Leigh Ann Tuohy(Sandra Bullock), seems to have the life most women would envy, a wonderful supporting husband(Tim Mcgraw), and two great kids(Lily Collins and Jae Head). But one day while driving home, she sees, a larger then life teenager which everybody calls Big Mike(Quinton Aaron), when she tries to talk to him, he comes across as a little withdrawn, and is nearly homeless, she decides to take him in, with her supporting family behind her. Leigh finds out his name is Michael Oher, and tries to dig up things about his past, in hopes of helping him, but the question is will she?

I really liked this film, it manages to balance humor and drama perfectly. Sandra Bullock gave quite a strong performance, so Quinton Aaron, Lyn Collin, but Jae Head is quite the scene stealer. It also has a good football scene as well. And Kathy Bates is good in her supporting role also. I say see The Blind Side.

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