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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.

Director:

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
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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:

$627,674, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,987,603, 25 November 2016
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Company Credits

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Greater Productions See more »
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Color
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Did You Know?

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

When Brandon calls his family in November of 1994 to tell them he got a scholarship, the calendar on the wall shows November 1st as a Sunday. In 1994, November 1st was on Tuesday. 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 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Games That Daddies Play
Written by Conway Twitty (as Harold L. Jenkins)
Performed by Conway Twitty
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Well-done and inspiring faith-based movie
26 February 2017 | by jry345See all my reviews

It was apparently a shocker to a few of the reviewers here, but Greater includes some Christian themes in it. If that offends you, then you probably wouldn't like this movie. If it does not offend you, then you should enjoy it.

The movie is well produced, the acting is good, it is well paced, and it is definitely inspiring. And it all based fairly closely on real events. I'd give it 7 out of 10 for production value and acting, and then bump it up to 8 because it was enjoyable and inspiring.

This is mostly a football biography movie, but adds in a Christian theme in the second half. I think they only people that won't enjoy this movie are people that dislike or resent the Christian content.


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