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Draft Day (2014)

R | | Drama, Sport | 11 April 2014 (USA)
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At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

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Dave Donaldson ...
Danny
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Tom Michaels
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Walt Gordon
Mel Kiper ...
Mel Kiper
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Jon Gruden
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Deion Sanders ...
Deion Sanders
Mike Mayock ...
Mike Mayock
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Ali
Anthony Rizzo ...
Anthony Rizzo
Aaron Goldhammer ...
Aaron Goldhammer
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Jordan Harris ...
Vontae's Nephew
Zachary Littlejohn ...
Vontae's Nephew (as Zachary Littleton)
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It's draft day in the NFL and as general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny is forced to come up with a big move. After trading for the number one pick, Sonny has to choose between a lower-ranked linebacker with a questionable past or a celebrated quarterback with a questionable future. All the while, Sonny is walking in the footsteps of his father and personal complications force their way to the surface. Written by Anne Campbell

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The greatest victories don't always happen on the field.

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,783,603 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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$28,831,145 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2012 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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Anthony had a jersey prepared with "Callahan" and the number 1 to present to Bo Callahan at the NFL draft. The NFL's procedure is to print a jersey on-site, and Roger Goodell would present the jersey. See more »

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Chris Berman: Thirty-two teams, seven rounds, 224 young men who, today, are about to become players in the National Football League. A day where lives are changed. fates are decided, dynasties are born, and the clock is always ticking. Of course, I'm talking about... Draft Day.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 15 April 2016 (2016) See more »

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Written by Michael Joseph Hewitt, Craig Rose , Ryan Hahn and Michael Matthew Turallo
Performed by The Gods of Macho
Courtesy of Urband & Lazar Music Publishing, Inc.
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Like NFL Draft Day itself, it starts slow but the payoff works
10 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sports films typically have a love/hate relationship with viewers - most never finding that honest middle ground that satisfies everyone's wants and desires. On one hand, you have the preposterous comedies that cap seriousness, sacrificing dramatic acting in exchange for a series of cheap laughs and feel-good moments, like Rookie of the Year, The Waterboy, and Caddyshack. Then, there's the beloved and devote dramas that live on in film infamy, which includes but is not limited to Rocky, The Natural, and Raging Bull. Finally, you have Kevin Costner's greatest hits, like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and For the Love of the Game. And, even though Kevin Costner has left the baseball diamond and thrown his last fastball, he clearly has found a memorable position as the GM of an NFL franchise in Draft Day.

The only real complaint about this film is that it doesn't incorporate actual NFL players - at least not in the manner that Moneyball involved them. Players like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are still stars in the Draft Day universe, however, the Cleveland Browns are a team compiled of fictional players - which probably isn't the worst thing since the Browns severely lack star-power now that the former face of their franchise, Trent Richardson, is no longer on the team. However, this is a miniscule problem in the long run, and the plot progression of the fictional players is allotted the proper time to plant their seeds of worth.

Overall, Draft Day takes full advantage of telling an engaging behind-the-scenes tale using the world's most popular league as a vehicle. From the film's trailers, the film might appear to be one giant commercial for the NFL, but thankfully it turns out to be a well-scripted, charming experience. Draft Day is a fun-loving popcorn flick through and through, but it's also exactly the kind of perfectly balanced story that draws people to the movies, incorporating just enough drama, subtly placing humor in stressful situations, and fulfilling its promise to reveal a compelling mystery that will keep everyone on their toes. For anyone that loves football or is interested in the power-play politics that that place behind the proverbial curtain, you'll have an absolute amazing time watching this feature.


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