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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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Nothing hits harder than the truth See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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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

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Color

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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

While haloperidol (Haldol) can be given intramuscularly in the deltoid as pictured, virtually no doctor would inject it through a dirty shirt as Dr. Bailes does when he injects Mike Webster in his office. Also, most doctors with a fully equipped office would have a nurse administer the drug, and they most certainly would expose the area for injection and sanitize it before injecting. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bennet Omalu: By my calculations, Mike Webster has sustained more than 70,000 blows to his head.
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So Long
Written by Leon Bridges, Josh Block, Austin Jenkins and Chris Vivion
Produced by Niles City Sound
Performed by Leon Bridges
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Tell the truth! A provocative and compelling drama that discovers a medical problem and it asks how will the biggest sports corporation contend with it?
27 December 2015 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

If anyone is a die hard NFL fan like me and follows the game and the sports world and the news, you know that over the years the league has been facing the problem of how to deal with player concussions and how to protect them better, and what to do when the players retire. The film "Concussion" deals with that on going drama just fine as it follows the research and work of one real life pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu(played in a tough strong performance manner from Will Smith). Set in Pittsburgh after the deaths of several star former Steeler players most notable that being hall of fame center Mike Webster(in a gritty performance from David Morse)who due to many hits to the head developed all kinds of problems like hearing voices, and loss of reality as he even had to live away from his family taking shelter in his own truck before falling to suicide by a head gunshot wound. The film is somewhat sad and emotional as you see the broken down players and hear the stories of their problems and passing. Dr. Omalu is one pathologist who's eager and willing to find out more and why and what drove these former players to young deaths by suicide, so thru his work he finds brain damage in these former players who suffered concussions and all would develop a new disease CTE. At first his medical news is doubted by others doctor's(played well by Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks)yet they are slowly broken in to believe yet the challenge to face the NFL with the news is the toughest, as the film states you are going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week even over the church and of course that's Sunday as the NFL has risen to sports entertainment that's at the top of the mountain. Finally Dr. Omalu's voice and discovery does get the league's attention and many former players and current ones take the issue to capital hill and congress. Overall "Concussion" is one film that's an emotional drama of discovery and it searches for the truth wanting answers to a new NFL problem that has expanded.


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