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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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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 is shown playing in a junior high game, there is a quick shot just before he catches the opposing quarterback where the number on his jersey is reversed, revealing that this shot was moving in the wrong direction compared to the rest of the edits, so they flipped the image. 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

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 August 2016 (2016) See more »

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I'll Fly Away
Written by Albert E. Brumley
Performed by Jonathan Holder, Benjamin Del Shreve, Aimee Lynn, Madison Watkins, Mark Landry, Robert Geiger and Jake Scott
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Great Movie
6 September 2016 | by sewells-77168See all my reviews

Great movie about an even greater person. Brandon's story is something every young person should know. He set a good example by the way he lived is life. This young man would have been a great NFL player, but tragedy struck and we are all left guessing how good he could have been. The greatest walk on in history. I was watching ESPN just a few weeks ago during the NFL draft. One of the former Indianapolis Colts' managers was being interview and he started talking about Brandon Burlsworth's story. He said Brandon was the best player he had ever drafted. That's a bold statement if you ask me. To go from a walk on at Arkansas to earning a scholarship and being drafted in the NFL is a "greater" story. Must see.


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