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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.

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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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He will stop at nothing to expose the truth. See more »

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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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UK | Australia | USA

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

Prior to Mike Webster's death, during the worst of his CTE-related mental health difficulties, this movie shows him alone in his truck (where he has started living) when he removes his pants and applies a Taser-style electronic weapon to his own heavily scarred leg. Although the movie never provides an explanation for this action, articles on ESPN.com and in GQ covering Webster's death and Bennet Omalu's research explained that Webster did this to himself because at that point in his illness, he was unable to fall asleep, but the Taser would at least render him unconscious for periods of time. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Cyril Wecht: How much has it cost you so far?
Dr. Bennet Omalu: $20,000.
Dr. Cyril Wecht: 20?
Dr. Bennet Omalu: I save. Everything.
Dr. Cyril Wecht: Really? How un-American.
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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Krampus (2015) See more »

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Written by Full Force, Cordel Burell, Natalie Albino, Nicole Albino,
Elijah Wells, Lionel Bermingham and Luis Diaz
Performed by Nina Sky featuring Jabba
Courtesy of Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Coolie Dance Rhythm"
Performed by Cordel Burell (as Cordel "Scatta" Burrell)
Courtesy of Greensleeves Records Ltd.
By arrangement with Fine Gold Productions LLC
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This movie shows it is Time for Change, MUST SEE!
29 December 2015 | by chucksonspetsSee all my reviews

I've played football at every level and nearly every professional football league possible for the last 20 years of my life and trust me when I say this movie is a MUST SEE!! After watching "Concussion" with my son on Christmas day I had an epic awakening of common sense. The movie hit home so hard for me that I will no longer support the game of football. I will not play, coach, or watch it again until overall awareness and change is set in place for the affects of playing the game to be accounted for in some kind of way on a large scale. I have played this game for the last 20 years of my life and have physically felt the affects of it more and more each year. If you have played this game you know the "SuperMan" like culture that comes with it. How it is a sin to get hurt or say "I have a headache". I will no longer turn a blind eye to the long term affects of ignoring the phrase. What the normal fan or anyone who hasn't played the game at a high level doesn't know is the stress and depression that comes with leaving the game. I'd equate it to being the same as losing a spouse of 30+ years but add 100 blows to the head every day of each year. You already feel lost and meaningless but you also have years of brain damage which inflates the process. I grew up with a love for football because of its culture, all the great things it taught me, and the qualities it brought out of me and my "brothers", my teammates. BUT all of that is not worth my life after football. The fact of the matter is we as a society have turned a blind eye to the long term affects of playing football and I refuse to be a part of the problem any longer. This movie is not as visually gripping as it could have been and it also doesn't expand anywhere near as far as it could have on the obvious occurrence of brain injuries throughout every level of the sport but it gets right to the point and it shines light on the facts. The sport isn't going anywhere safe until the NFL does and the NFL has not and probably will not because of money. If change in the sport is going to occur it has to start at the top. After watching this movie every parent has to question if they want their child to participate in this sport. For me and my children, it's a definite "No-Brainer".


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