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The Blind Side (2009)

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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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John Lee Hancock

Writers:

John Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Leigh Anne Tuohy
Tim McGraw ... Sean Tuohy
Quinton Aaron ... Michael Oher
Jae Head ... S.J. Tuohy
Lily Collins ... Collins Tuohy
Ray McKinnon ... Coach Cotton
Kim Dickens ... Mrs. Boswell
Adriane Lenox ... Denise Oher
Kathy Bates ... Miss Sue
Catherine Dyer ... Mrs. Smith
Andy Stahl ... Principal Sandstrom
Tom Nowicki ... Literature Teacher
Libby Whittemore Libby Whittemore ... Sarcastic Teacher
Brian Hollan Brian Hollan ... Jay Collis
Melody Weintraub ... History Teacher
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael 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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blind Side See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,119,372, 22 November 2009

Gross USA:

$255,959,475, 3 June 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,208,309, 3 June 2010
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw have strong ties to the South. Bullock's father was from Alabama; she was born in Virginia and, after living twelve years in Germany, returned to Virginia where she was a high school cheerleader (like Collins Tuohy), dated a football player and attended college in North Carolina. McGraw was born, raised and attended college in Louisiana and loved playing sports as a kid even though he was unaware at the time that his biological father, former Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Frank "Tug" McGraw, was a professional baseball player. See more »

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When Michael and the Tuohy family go out to celebrate Michael's acceptance into spring football, Leigh Anne's hairstyle changes from a pony tail to simply pinned back on either side. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Family, school and sports photographs of the real Michael Oher and of the real Tuohy family are shown during the initial credits. See more »

Connections

References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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Cello Song
Written by Nick Drake
Performed by The Books featuring José González
Courtesy of The Red Hot Organization
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Another inspirational sport film
18 November 2009 | by cokiwaSee all my reviews

I saw this last night at a screening and found it to be a very inspiring movie. I love sports movies as well as movies based on true stories, so this film hit multiple buttons for me personally, but reactions of others leaving the theater seemed equally positive.

As with any sports movie, you must have an underdog to cheer for, and Michael Oher is that underdog. Having been removed by CPS from his crack-addicted mother's home as a child and bounced from foster home to foster home, Oher has been staying on a friend's couch. He is reluctantly accepted to a private school when the football coach sees potential in him and pressures the school's admissions board to give him a chance.

Unfortunately, being an undereducated black youth in a predominantly white private school doesn't magically turn his life around, and in addition to struggling to understand his classes, he finds himself sleeping in an all night laundromat after the stay at the friend's house ends. While walking on a cold, rainy night , Oher is offered a ride and then a place to sleep for the night by the Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose children attend the same school Michael does. It's this single act of kindness that begins a chain of events that will change this underdog's life, eventually resulting in his being a top 2009 NFL draft pick and signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

The actors brought plenty of life to the characters they were playing. It was a pleasure to watch Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, making a somewhat minor character in the film memorable. Sandra Bullock's portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy was fascinating--I'd really love to meet Mrs. Tuohy in person. Jae Head as SJ became my favorite character in the movie, practically stealing the show as it were. Quinton Aaron's portrayal of Oher leans heavily to the strong, silent type, but there is a quiet grace and gentleness that comes through.

Obviously, nothing is quite as slick and clean as Hollywood plays it in movies like this, and there were issues and controversies surrounding the Tuohy family and the assistance they offered Michael Oher. Some of it is depicted in the movie, though not all, and there are many who will decry this film for that. It's a given that there is more to a story than what you see on the screen...condensing years into a two hour presentation requires some compromise...and it is meant to be entertainment after all.

I only had a couple criticisms. One, at 126 minutes, the movie was a little too long. I think 8-10 minutes of editing would have really tightened it up and eliminated a couple slower moments. Second, Sandra Bullock's accent seemed a little too forced at times. And finally, what happened to Steve Hamilton, the boy whose family Michael was staying with when he started attending Briarwood? Once introduced as his father pressures the coach for scholarships for Steve and Michael, he disappears from the movie. Minor issues that didn't keep this from being an extremely enjoyable movie, but did help keep it from being a perfect 10.


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