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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Ivan Reitman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Berman ... Self
Dave Donaldson Dave Donaldson ... Danny
Patrick St. Esprit ... Tom Michaels
Chi McBride ... Walt Gordon
Mel Kiper Mel Kiper ... Self
Jon Gruden ... Self
Kevin Costner ... Sonny Weaver Jr.
Deion Sanders ... Self
Mike Mayock Mike Mayock ... Self
Jennifer Garner ... Ali
Anthony Rizzo Anthony Rizzo ... Self (as Tony Rizzo)
Aaron Goldhammer Aaron Goldhammer ... Self
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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You can trust the experts, you can go by the book, or you can make history. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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In the photo of Sonny Weaver, Jr. and Sr., the actor who plays Sonny Weaver, Sr. was David Gragg, who is four years older than Kevin Costner, Sonny Weaver, Jr. See more »

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When O'Reilly tells Sonny about the Redskins' play book trick, he says they hold the number 5 pick in the draft. But when the Draft begins, Denver is the team drafting ahead of Jacksonville, who holds the 6th pick. However, Sonny isn't the only GM making trades. It is entirely possible that the Redskins traded the number 5 pick to the Broncos. See more »

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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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Born to Rise
Written by Alexander Francis Barry, Mark Kasprzyk and Julian Tomarin
Performed by Redlight King
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Draft Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,783,603, 13 April 2014

Gross USA:

$28,842,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,824,199
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2.35 : 1
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