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Greater (2016)

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The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.






Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marty Burlsworth
... Barbara Burlsworth
Christopher Severio ... Brandon Burlsworth (as Chris Severio)
... Leo Burlsworth
... The Farmer
... Coach Tice (as Peter Lewis)
... Coach Bender
... Coach Ford
... Pastor Rick
... Anthony Lucas
... Coach Nutt
Grant Cook ... Grant Garrett
... Nathan Ward
Ethan Waller ... Young Brandon
... Mike


Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I. Undeterred, Brandon took a big risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing. The overly-fat kid who was once an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon was tragically killed in a car accident, crushing all who knew him. Brandon was "too good to be ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and smoking


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Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Greater: The Brandon Burlsworth Story  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$627,674, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,987,603, 25 November 2016
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Did You Know?


Mitch Craft was asked to audition for the role of "Nathan Ward" in 2013 but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


The comment about the carving is true, but the imagery of the piece is a little deeper. The more the "farmer" talked to Marty about faith and religion and making him doubt the more detailed it became. However, once Marty stopped listening to him it returned to less detail. It's an image of how the "farmer" was capturing Marty's soul and he was becoming the "farmers". But he loses that control over him and his faith is restored making the carving revert back. See more »


Coach Tice: You know, football's a rough game; it's unpredictable. Life itself, squeezed into 60 minutes in 100 yards. Now, you can't control who your mom and daddy is, but you can control how hard you work. Sow with thought, you reap in action. Sow with action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. You sow a character, you reap a destiny. Every place starts with a cadence and ends with a whistle. What you do in between, determines your legacy, so make sure you give it everything you've ...
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Crazy Credits

There is some footage of the real Brandon after the last credits. See more »


References Field of Dreams (1989) See more »


All I Know
Written by Mark Lanegan, Lee Conner and Van Conner
Performed by Screaming Trees
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Loved it!
26 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

The movie GREATER was better than I ever could've imagined. Chris Severio did an excellent job portraying Brandon, Leslie Easterbrook was amazing at playing Barbara, and Neal McDonough gave his best performance to date as Marty Burlsworth. Nick Searcy is the dark horse of the movie - trying to make Marty (Neal McDonough) doubt his faith in God - allowing this to happen to his brother. Even if you don't like football, this story is one that proves that hard work pays off. More importantly, it is about faith and why bad things happen to good people. You will cry, you will laugh, but most of all, you will leave wanting to be a better person yourself.

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