The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Many minor characters in the film are played by themselves, including most of the medical professionals, who re-enacted the real events in unscripted scenes. Dr. Jeffrey Kalish removes the bandages from Jake Gyllenhaal's legs just as he had from Jeff Bauman's, and five members of the Martino family play themselves at United Prosthetics. Others include the rehab techs and nurses at Spalding Rehab, and first responder Jerry Kissel. See more »
When Jeff comes out for the national anthem during the hockey game, both benches are empty and both teams hockey players are nowhere to be seen. In real life, the anthem is sung just prior to puck drop with all of the players and coaches present; either on the ice at the blue lines or on the bench. This reality also separates hockey from other sports such as baseball, basketball and football which, apart from huge games like season openers or championships, usually complete the anthem singing during warmups or while the players are still in the dugout or tunnel. Additionally, one of the advertisements on the boards is for the NHL's playoff bracket contest despite the fact that the division re-alignment that created the bracket system (in which teams must first play the teams in their division before advancing to the conference finals) was first instituted during the 2014-15 season and not during the 2013 playoffs in which the film is supposed to be taking place. See more »
Even though there are some scenes at the end featuring 'inspirational' scenes the film mostly focuses on the recovery of the character where he is never as strong as everyone thinks him to be and he doesn't express anything to most of them either. With strong ensemble cast Stronger manages to be worth a watch even though it has a derivative plot and structure.
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