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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.

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David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

Writers:

Brian Reindl, David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal McDonough ... Marty Burlsworth
Leslie Easterbrook ... Barbara Burlsworth
Christopher Severio Christopher Severio ... Brandon Burlsworth (as Chris Severio)
Michael Parks ... Leo Burlsworth
Nick Searcy ... The Farmer
Peter Gray Lewis ... Coach Tice (as Peter Lewis)
Fredric Lehne ... Coach Bender
M.C. Gainey ... Coach Ford
Wayne Duvall ... Pastor Rick
Texas Battle ... Anthony Lucas
Mark Dobies ... Coach Nutt
Grant Cook Grant Cook ... Grant Garrett
Josh Emerson ... Nathan Ward
Ethan Waller Ethan Waller ... Young Brandon
Todd Julian ... Mike
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Storyline

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 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greater: The Brandon Burlsworth Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$627,974, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$2,000,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,000,093
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Trivia

His jersey number at the University of Arkansas #77 was retired after his death. His is the second jersey to be retired at the university. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Field of Dreams (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times
Written by George Young and Harry Vanda
Performed by INXS with Jimmy Barnes
Courtesy of Petrol Electric
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great Family Movie
26 August 2016 | by rolf-19580See all my reviews

WOW- the true story of Brandon Burlsworth is compelling and one that deserves to be seen. Bring your family. Hard work and persistence pays off for Brandon as this unlikely football star gets drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.

You will laugh and you will cry. If you like "Rudy" and Frank Capra pictures. You will love Greater.

The movie takes place in Arkansas. A poor kid with a dream to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. The football scenes are good. The character development of his teammates move you from anger and frustration to joy and inspiration.


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