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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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David Gordon Green

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John Pollono (screenplay by), Jeff Bauman (based on the book "Stronger" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jeff Bauman
Tatiana Maslany ... Erin Hurley
Miranda Richardson ... Patty
Richard Lane Jr. ... Sully
Nate Richman ... Big D
Lenny Clarke ... Uncle Bob
Patty O'Neil ... Aunt Jenn (as Patricia O'Neil)
Clancy Brown ... Big Jeff
Kate Fitzgerald ... Aunt Karen (as Katharine Fitzgerald)
Danny McCarthy ... Kevin
Frankie Shaw ... Gail Hurley
Carlos Sanz ... Carlos
Michelle Forziati ... Jill Hurley
Sean McGuirk Sean McGuirk ... Bill Hurley
Karen Scalia Karen Scalia ... Lori Hurley
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Storyline

Jeff Bauman is a well-intention-ed but underachieving Boston native who works at the deli counter of a Costco and lives in a small two-bedroom apartment with his alcoholic mother, Patty. One day at the local bar, Jeff runs into his ex-girlfriend Erin, who is attracted to his kindness and charm but finds herself constantly frustrated by his lack of commitment. After learning that Erin is running in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the hospital she works at, Jeff asks every patron in the bar to donate and then promises Erin he'll wait at the finish line for her with a big sign. The day of the Marathon, Jeff scrambles to make it to the finish line on time but reaches it just before Erin reaches the finish line. As she approaches a bomb goes off right where Jeff is standing. After being rushed to a hospital, both of Jeff's legs are amputated above the knee. When he regains consciousness, Jeff tells his brother that he saw the bomber before the explosion. Patty calls the FBI, and ...

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Taglines:

Loss changes us. Tragedy tests us. Strength defines us. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más fuerte que el destino See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,611,899, 24 September 2017

Gross USA:

$4,211,129
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aunt Jen, played by Patricia O'Neil, and Young Husband played by Patrick Languzzi, were high school classmates. Their friendship dates back to first grade, when they both starred in the play The Cross Princess at MacArthur elementary school in Waltham, Massachusetts. See more »

Goofs

The movie depicts the famous photograph of Carlos Arredondo helping Jeff Bauman with Carlos facing Jeff and his face hidden behind the cowboy hat. In reality, Carlos is looking ahead and his face is clearly shown. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Bauman: [to Carlos who is pushing his wheelchair on the way to make the throw in at Fenway Park] A hero and his hero, right?
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Connections

References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Body Slam Anthem
(Uncredited)
Written and Performed by Brian James Brasher & Sonny Del Grosso
APM Music
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I feel like a jerk for not liking it more.
28 December 2018 | by cricketbatSee all my reviews

It feels strange to point out the flaws in a movie like Stronger. The true story is an inspiring one, and Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is powerful, but this film drags. The moments of greatness are watered down by predictable character arcs and repetitive plot points to the point where the movie becomes just mediocre. Yup. Now I feel like a jerk for not liking it more.


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