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Only the Brave (2017)

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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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Joseph Kosinski

Writers:

Sean Flynn (based on the GQ article "No Exit" by), Ken Nolan | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Eric Marsh
Miles Teller ... Brendan McDonough
Jeff Bridges ... Duane Steinbrink
Jennifer Connelly ... Amanda Marsh
James Badge Dale ... Jesse Steed
Taylor Kitsch ... Christopher MacKenzie
Andie MacDowell ... Marvel Steinbrink
Geoff Stults ... Travis Turbyfill
Alex Russell ... Andrew Ashcraft
Thad Luckinbill ... Scott Norris
Ben Hardy ... Wade Parker
Scott Haze ... Clayton Whitted
Jake Picking ... Anthony Rose
Scott Foxx Scott Foxx ... Travis Carter
Dylan Kenin ... Robert Caldwell
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Granite Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,002,665, 22 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,340,051, 28 January 2018
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Runtime:

| (Mainland China Cut Version)

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Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer wrote the screenplay based on a GQ article titled "No Exit." See more »

Goofs

The red and white Bell 204/205 helicopter shown taking the crew up to their first Hot Shot evaluation, ship 202, has a registration number of N0312DF. This is a civilian helicopter, with a civilian N-Number, but US civilian N-Numbers are only five characters, this one has six. This is obviously a made up registration number, as it can't (and doesn't) exist in real life. The second Bell 204/205 seen during this extraction, ship 203, also has a fake six character N-Number, N1979DF. See more »

Quotes

Eric Marsh: Fire's making a run for our line, and by the time she gets here she's going to be too strong to hold. Gonna crown that ridge, spot over and run straight into town. If we back burn this side of the mountain, by the time that bitch comes over it won't have no fuel to feed into.
Evaluator Hayes: That's a godawful idea. All the conditions favor the fire, and when that blaze comes down that mountain it's gonna kick your ass and use your burn to get even stronger, we won't be able to stop it.
Eric Marsh: Well our line's not ...
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The opening logos are tinted a fiery orange. See more »


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Even Flow
Written by Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard
Performed by Pearl Jam
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A gripping re-telling of history...
7 November 2017 | by natalicoetzeeSee all my reviews

The story was compelling and gut-wrenching, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The finer sense of humour was tucked in nicely beside the bitter side of life. Real life at its best.

It is not often that I would recommend a 'based on real life' movie, but I would definitely commend Only the Brave.


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