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Draft Day (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 11 April 2014 (USA)
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At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Berman ... Chris Berman
Dave Donaldson Dave Donaldson ... Danny
Patrick St. Esprit ... Tom Michaels
Chi McBride ... Walt Gordon
Mel Kiper Mel Kiper ... Mel Kiper
Jon Gruden ... Jon Gruden
Kevin Costner ... Sonny Weaver Jr.
Deion Sanders Deion Sanders ... Deion Sanders
Mike Mayock Mike Mayock ... Mike Mayock
Jennifer Garner ... Ali
Anthony Rizzo Anthony Rizzo ... Anthony Rizzo
Aaron Goldhammer Aaron Goldhammer ... Aaron Goldhammer
Chadwick Boseman ... Vontae Mack
Jordan Harris Jordan Harris ... Vontae's Nephew
Zachary Littlejohn Zachary Littlejohn ... Vontae's Nephew (as Zachary Littleton)
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Storyline

It's draft day in the NFL, and as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny is forced to come up with a big move. After trading for the number one pick, Sonny has to choose between a lower-ranked linebacker with a questionable past, or a celebrated quarterback with a questionable future. All the while, Sonny is walking in the footsteps of his father, and personal complications force their way to the surface. Written by Anne Campbell

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The greatest victories don't always happen on the field.

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Decisión final See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,783,603, 13 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,831,145, 15 June 2014
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The trick used by the Washington Redskins of taping a one hundred dollar bill to the back of the playbook seemed to be inspired by an anecdote of JaMarcus Russell. His coaches in Oakland did not believe he was watching the game film, and once purposely sent him home with blank DVDs to watch. He returned claiming he watched the video and liked the game plan, obviously lying. There was a similar story in the 1980s with Randall Cunningham. See more »

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When in the waterpark, Anthony basically tells Sonny to do what it takes to draft Bo and when he doesn't, Anthony goes ballistic. After Sonny's maneuvering, Anthony is pleased with Sonny's dealings, but he still didn't have Bo and still could have gotten him #6. However, Anthony's order is not specifically to get Bo, it's to "make a splash" (i.e. a big, impressive, attention-getting gesture). Given the ripple of shock and surprise that spreads, Sonny is, in fact, following the directive given to him by drafting a player other than the one everybody has expected him to. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Berman: Thirty-two teams, seven rounds, 224 young men who, today, are about to become players in the National Football League. A day where lives are changed. fates are decided, dynasties are born, and the clock is always ticking. Of course, I'm talking about... Draft Day.
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Reno
Written by Michael Joseph Hewitt, Craig Rose, Ryan Hahn and Michael Matthew Turallo
Performed by The Gods of Macho
Courtesy of Urband & Lazar Music Publishing, Inc.
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The Human Element That Is Draft Day
4 September 2014 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

Give Kevin Costner a good human-interest role and he can bring his unique star power making it both entertaining and compelling. As an adult I've grown less enamored with pro football and in fairness I'm from Alabama where college football is all it can be and pro isn't a factor. That said, it's the corporate money machine mentality that, in my humble opinion, soils the things I fondly remember of the ancient NFC/AFC of the sixties (where loyalty trumped money often for an entire career).

Well, this movie makes that big-business drama work as something much more human. Where the general managers struggle like desperate children for some kind of immediate better future. When even in the last hours those gilded picks are subject to human-error and wild scrambling per last minute decisions and deals. The kind of deals that come not just from statistics, but deeper beliefs. I'd say Draft Day brings this kind of tense drama to the screen with aplomb Is it a true representation? I'd say it doesn't matter because this is a movie and it's a good one.


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