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Stronger (2017)

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Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Bauman
... Erin Hurley
... Patty Bauman
... Sully
... Big D
... Uncle Bob
... Aunt Jenn (as Patricia O'Neil)
... Big Jeff
... Aunt Karen (as Katharine Fitzgerald)
... Kevin
... Gail Hurley
... Carlos
... Jill Hurley
... Bill Hurley
Karen Scalia ... Lori Hurley
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Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Based On The Inspiring True Story. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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29 September 2017 (USA)  »

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Más fuerte que el destino  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,611,899, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,211,129, 30 November 2017
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Filmed at the same time as Patriots Day (2016), the other Boston Marathon bombing-related movie. Jeff Bauman is a supporting character in it portrayed by Dan Whelton. See more »

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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 »

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Jeff Bauman: I'm a hero for just standing there and getting my legs blown off?
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Featured in Conan: Jake Gyllenhaal/Max Brooks/Rostam (2017) See more »

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Pretty Cringeworthy
19 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Christ where do I begin with this one. OK, I'll make this quick. As an entertainment piece is rubbish. If your a non US citizen you'll probably end up wondering why they bothered to make a piece like this at all since it has very little to offer as a piece of entertainment cinema. If you're a American or shrouded in notions of US patriotism, the fight against "the war on terror" and nationalist sentiment you'll probably love it.

Its fairly obvious this film has been deliberately created to profit from the fervour surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, and the producers have gone to great lengths to ensure that every weapon in their arsenal has been employed to achieve success... shamelessly so. Essentially Jeff Bauman and his family are used to catalyse those feelings of unity, patriotism and inherent American vastitude to raise the emotional pitch of this film, and I'd not be surprised if audiences in America were whooping, slapping backs, and shaking fists in solidarity during the screenings of this one.

There just isn't a lot to praise here and neither is the much point in picking it apart. Jake Gyllenhall is a pretty solid actor and does as solid a job here as you would expect from someone of his calibre, and actually the rest of the cast is suitably proficient. For me this was much like a war-time propaganda film, and I find it almost as difficult to judge objectively as I found it to watch, so I won't bother.

I will simply say that Its not a good film, nor is it worth watching. I don't recommend it. If you wan't to watch an great and moving film about the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing without the bigoted inclination, then watch Patriots Day directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg instead.


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