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Safety (2020)

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The story of Ray-Ray McElrathbey, a freshman football player for Clemson University, who secretly raised his younger brother on campus after his home life became too unsteady.


Reginald Hudlin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Reeves ... Ray
Javien Jackson Javien Jackson ... Young Ray
Thaddeus J. Mixson ... Fahmarr
Corinne Foxx ... Kaycee Stone
Matthew Glave ... Coach Tommy Bowden
James Badge Dale ... Coach Brad Simmons
Hunter Sansone ... Daniel Morelli
Miles Burris ... Keller
Isaac Bell ... Fresh / Eugene
Elijah Shane Bell ... Pop / Marcus (as Elijah Bell)
Stephen Ruffin ... Jimmy (Resident Advisor)
Luke Tennie ... Solomon
Chris Setticase ... Tobin
Coco Hillary ... Morrow
Amanda Warren ... Tonya (Ray's Mother)


The story of Ray-Ray McElrathbey, a freshman football player for Clemson University, who secretly raised his younger brother on campus after his home life became too unsteady.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic content involving drug addiction, and some language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Football game action was filmed during halftime at Clemson Memorial Stadium, also known as Death Valley, during the Clemson Tigers - Charlotte 49ers game, played Saturday 21 September 2019. Fans obliged the producers by remaining in their seats for the gridiron sequences and cheered the "plays" as if they were real. See more »


Although the producers went to considerable lengths to recreate the 2006 look of the Clemson team, down to shoe styles, and to the coach's polo shirt designs, two things could not be duplicated. The Clemson Tiger Band forms a tunnel formation on the field for the team to run throw at the beginning of the game, but the band's uniforms have changed since that era and the performers were not part of the filming at halftime. The tradition of releasing orange balloons as the team runs down the hill was discontinued in 2018 for environmental reasons and was also not included, even though it would have been seen in 2006. See more »


Dr. Matthews: Much learning does not teach understanding.
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Written by Timothy Joseph Feehan
Performed by Baby T Love
Courtesy of Mutiny Recordings
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A Pleasant Surprise That Shows The Value Of What is Truly Important
11 December 2020 | by garethvkSee all my reviews

Ray-Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves) is a man with a bright future. He is a gifted athlete who has accepted a Football scholarship to Clemson and is about to take the first steps towards a better future. In the new Disney + film "Safety" Ray-Ray is about to learn how complicated life as a student athlete can be.

Based on a true story; Ray-Ray struggles with adapting to the more complex defensive schemes, Freshman hazing, class and practice schedules, and adjusting to his new life. His roommate and teammate Daniel (Hunter Sansone); offers him frequent support as being a low on the depth-chart kicker has taught him a perspective on things.

Ray-Ray meets a lady named Kaycee (Corinne Foxx) and sees his life on campus start to improve until life steps in to further complicate things. His young brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson); has been removed from the care of his mother due to her numerous substance issues. With only his gangster relative available; Ray-Ray agrees to care for his brother rather than turn him over to the Foster systems. Unfortunately for Ray-Ray; having his brother in the dorm with him is a strict violation and his continued care of his brother and the complications it causes threaten his scholarship and very future.

The film is a very touching and engaging look at the extent a person is willing to go to care for a family member and how the politics of college sports often conflict with what appear to be sensible and worthy actions by players and coaches.

The film does not go overboard with game sequences and there is no big game moment as the focus is on the characters and their relationships. "Safety" is one of the more pleasant surprises of the year and one not to miss.

4 stars out of 5

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Release Date:

11 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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