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PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

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In 2007 Prescott, Arizona, Eric Marsh of the Prescott Fire Department is frustrated fighting forest fires when the Type 1 or "Hotshot" front line forest fire fighting crews from afar overrule his operational suggestions to his area's sorrow. To change that, Marsh gets approval from the Mayor to attempt to organize an unprecedented certified municipal-based Hotshot crew for Prescott. To that end, Marsh needs new recruits, which includes the young wastrel, Brendan McDonough, to undergo the rigorous training and qualification testing for the most dangerous of fire fighting duty. Along the way, the new team meets the challenge and the hailed Granite Mountain Hotshots are born. In doing so, all the men, especially McDonough, are changed as new experience and maturity is achieved in fire-forged camaraderie. All this is put to the test in 2013 with the notorious Yarnell Hill Fire that will demand efforts and sacrifices no one can ignore. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It's Not What Stands In Front Of You, It's Who Stands Beside You

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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€4,480 (Lithuania) (22 October 2017)

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$17,412,879 (USA) (16 November 2017)
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Ken Nolan and Eric Singer wrote the screenplay based on a GQ artcle titled "No Exit". See more »

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Amanda Marsh: I've had to learn to live my life without needing you, and now you're pissed at me?
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Before the credits roll the real Granite Mountain Hotshots are shown along with the actors who portrayed them. See more »

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Featured in Box Office: Episode dated 9 November 2017 (2017) See more »

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Hold the Light
Written by Joseph Trapanese, Sean Carey, Dierks Bentley, and Jon Randall
Performed by Dierks Bentley featuring Sean Carey (as S. Carey)
Produced by Ross Copperman and Joseph Trapanese
Mixed by F. Reid Shippen at Robot Lemon, Nashville, TN
Recorded by F. Reid Shippen and Zach Hanson
Recorded at Southern Ground, Nashville, TN and April Base Studios, Fall Creek, WI
Strings Recorded by Nick Spezia at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN
Additional Recording by Brian N. Joseph (as Brian Joseph) at Hive, Eau Claire, WI
Pedal Steel Guitar - Ben Lester
Lap Steel - Ben Helson
Acoustic Guitar - Ben Helson, Jon Randall
Fiddle - Dan Hochhalter
Upright Bass - Jeremy Boettcher
Electric Bass - Jon Randall
Percussion - Sean Carey
Piano and Synths - Sean Carey, Joseph Trapanese
Keyboards - Jeff Roach
Orchestra Leader and Contractor - Alan Umstead
Strings Arranged and Conducted by Joseph Trapanese
Dierks Bentley appears courtesy of Capitol Records
S. Carey appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar
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Ouch My Heart
21 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not everybody has heard the true story this movie is based on. I went into this movie only based on what I saw in the trailer. Since it's nonfiction, I knew it wouldn't be your typical cookie-cutter type narrative, but I still expected it, and was blown away by the tragic events, and the extraordinary way it was presented on screen.

This is the story of a special group of trained firefighters in dealing specifically with forest/brush fires. Their primary goal is to save as much land and lives as possible, as well as homes, from massive fires. These men train for years and when they meet certain requirements, are given qualifications to be labeled as "Hotshots," which seems to be the equivalent of an actuary obtaining their Fellowship, or a boy scout achieving his Eagle Scout, or a junior varsity becoming varsity (or a varsity obtaining their Letter). Hotshots also literally fight fire with fire, opposed to regular firefighters who fight fire with water. This is based on an actual crew, their lives and relationships with each other and their families, along with the work they bear, the hardships they endure, and the fires they face.

The most efficient aspects of the film are the acting, storytelling, and cinematography. The movie focuses more on their lives and relationships than the actual firefighting, but it does contain a fair amount of action. Beautiful Arizona scenery surrounds the key players and their fellow crew members as they battle an only-slightly-predictable threat.

Only cons I have are ones I had to nit-pick. The film in an effort to reach out to a wider audience, should have toned down the profanity, which is heavy even for a modern PG-13 movie. A few of the relationship dramas/arguments seemed contrived, and while they did a great job explaining the countermeasures they take to battle the fires, there still is some confusion to their methods, and it would have been nice to know some of the other members of crew better.

Phenomenal film, however, and was a tremendous memorial to these men and women.

This isn't just a story about specific men and women in history who made sacrifices to protect one state, this is about all emergency responders. Just like how most stories about the military focus on certain groups and individuals, but remains a tribute to ALL who make a living from defending other people's lives and liberties.

God bless our emergency responders, as well as our military, police, city firefighters, paramedics, so forth.


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