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Concussion (2015)

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In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Director:

Peter Landesman

Writers:

Peter Landesman, Jeanne Marie Laskas (based on the GQ article "Game Brain" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Dr. Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin ... Dr. Julian Bailes
Albert Brooks ... Dr. Cyril Wecht
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Prema Mutiso
David Morse ... Mike Webster
Arliss Howard ... Dr. Joseph Maroon
Mike O'Malley ... Daniel Sullivan
Eddie Marsan ... Dr. Steve DeKosky
Hill Harper ... Christopher Jones
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Dave Duerson
Stephen Moyer ... Dr. Ron Hamilton
Richard T. Jones ... Andre Waters
Paul Reiser ... Dr. Elliot Pellman
Luke Wilson ... Roger Goodell
Sara Lindsey ... Gracie
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Storyline

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Game Brain See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,513,749, 27 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,531,832, 13 March 2016
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for the movie, Will Smith and Writer and Director Peter Landesman observed autopsies, including two done by Dr. Bennet Omalu. See more »

Goofs

The cars the doctors are driving are S class Mercedes Benz vehicles. When they are standing in the parking lot while it was raining, the vehicle model depicted on the upper left of the trunk states the cars are E350's. See more »

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Dr. Joseph Maroon: Football is the most popular sport in America because it is so goddamn fantastic. And that, right there?
[points out the window to Heinz Field]
Dr. Joseph Maroon: That is the beating heart of this city. And you want to end it?
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Love T.K.O.
Written by Cecil D. Womack, Linda M. Womack and Gip Noble
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Courtesy of Legacy Recordings & Philadelphia International Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I really wanted this to be a great movie ....
9 January 2016 | by michael-57888See all my reviews

Concussion isn't a bad movie - however, with the real-life implications of the story and subject matter this could have been a hard hitting dramatic tour de force.

Instead it is a passable drama. There were many missed opportunities for making it even more dramatic without taking overdramatizing. Some of the scenes with one Dr. explaining the medical condition another Dr.in the most simplistic terms - clearly the writer chose this format for explaining the condition to the audience, but it just seemed strange.

Will Smith's acting was top notch.

The writing was not. Landesman is probably a very good investigative journalist, but needs to hone his chops as a dramatic writer.

I found Alec Baldwin unconvincing as his character - this could have been either a deficit in directing or acting.


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