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Only the Brave (2017)

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Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

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Joseph Kosinski

Writers:

Sean Flynn (based on the GQ article "No Exit" by), Ken Nolan | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Eric Marsh
Miles Teller ... Brendan McDonough
Jeff Bridges ... Duane Steinbrink
Jennifer Connelly ... Amanda Marsh
James Badge Dale ... Jesse Steed
Taylor Kitsch ... Christopher MacKenzie
Andie MacDowell ... Marvel Steinbrink
Geoff Stults ... Travis Turbyfill
Alex Russell ... Andrew Ashcraft
Thad Luckinbill ... Scott Norris
Ben Hardy ... Wade Parker
Scott Haze ... Clayton Whitted
Jake Picking ... Anthony Rose
Scott Foxx Scott Foxx ... Travis Carter
Dylan Kenin ... Robert Caldwell
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Storyline

In 2007 Prescott, Arizona, Eric Marsh of the Prescott Fire Department is frustrated fighting forest fires when the Type 1 or "Hotshot" front line forest fire fighting crews from afar overrule his operational suggestions to his area's sorrow. To change that, Marsh gets approval from the Mayor to attempt to organize an unprecedented certified municipal-based Hotshot crew for Prescott. To that end, Marsh needs new recruits, which includes the young wastrel, Brendan McDonough, to undergo the rigorous training and qualification testing for the most dangerous of fire fighting duty. Along the way, the new team meets the challenge and the hailed Granite Mountain Hotshots are born. In doing so, all the men, especially McDonough, are changed as new experience and maturity is achieved in fire-forged camaraderie. All this is put to the test in 2013 with the notorious Yarnell Hill Fire that will demand efforts and sacrifices no one can ignore. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It's Not What Stands In Front Of You, It's Who Stands Beside You See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Exit See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,002,665, 22 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,340,051, 28 January 2018
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Runtime:

| (Mainland China Cut Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the official accident report released by the Arizona State Forestry Division, investigators noted a "culture of engagement" that, while ruled out as a direct contributing factor to the accident, was highlighted as the likely reason the Granite Mountain IHC chose to leave "the black". As noted, Hotshots are recognized as experts within the wildland firefighting community, whose persistence and improvisational ability makes them uniquely suited to the unusual challenges of wildfire engagement. It was concluded by investigators (and hinted at in the movie) that the Granite Mountain IHC was reluctant to sit by and do nothing, instead choosing to leave the black- presumably desiring to reengage the fire or assist in evacuation of Yarnell. While this decision was not sanctioned by the supervising authority, investigators determined the Granite Mountain IHC would not have perceived any risk associated with the move, since it was not yet known the fire would later shift directions. As a result, it was ruled out as a contributing factor but highlighted as a learning opportunity for wildland firefighters. See more »

Goofs

In the early part of the movie Brendon was kicked out of Matt's Saloon in Prescott. He then walked down the street and a horn of a train was heard in background. The last train to go through Prescott was in 1962. See more »

Quotes

Eric Marsh: The world's full of people taking chances.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are tinted a fiery orange. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's IMAX release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters and on home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Honoring the Heroes: The True Stories (2018) See more »

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It's a Long Way to the Top
Written by Malcolm Young (as Malcolm Mitchell Young), Angus Young (as Angus McKinnon Young) and Bon Scott (as Ronald Belford Scott)
Performed by AC/DC
Courtesy of Columbia Records Nashville by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A gripping re-telling of history...
7 November 2017 | by natalicoetzeeSee all my reviews

The story was compelling and gut-wrenching, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The finer sense of humour was tucked in nicely beside the bitter side of life. Real life at its best.

It is not often that I would recommend a 'based on real life' movie, but I would definitely commend Only the Brave.


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