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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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Morris Brown
Written by André 3000 (as Andre Benjamin), Big Boi (as Antwan Patton), Scar (as Terrence Smith)
Performed by Outkast feat. Scar & Sleepy Brown
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
Sleepy Brown appears courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I'd recommend this, for sure
31 January 2021 | by r96skSee all my reviews

'Safety' - very good!

Disney enters the sports drama market for what feels like the billionth time, though in fairness they usually nail it - and do the same with this. They've done many better, e.g. 'The Greatest Game Ever Played' and 'Glory Road', but I very much felt entertained by this.

The cinematography is, truly, excellent - credit to Shane Hurlbut. I also took note of the editing (Terel Gibson), which is particularly neat at the beginning. The plot is compelling and features a lot of heart, it certainly uses the usual Disney/sports biopic beats but there's a lot of goodness in there as well. On this note, it has a decision scene where I half expected Chuck Norris to appear. Iykyk.

I enjoyed the cast. Jay Reeves gives a terrific performance as Ray, while Thaddeus J. Mixson is more than solid as brother Fahmarr. Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie), James Badge Dale and, despite only a short appearance, Amanda Warren are also good. Cool, for me anyway, to see 'The Walking Dead' alum IronE Singleton involved.

I'd recommend this, for sure.

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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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