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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
Michelle Forziati ... 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

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$4,211,129, 30 November 2017
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Bruins fans Scott and Aaron Tisdale were extras in the scenes filmed when Jeff Bauman receives the honor of being wheeled out to wave the Bruins flag at the "Bruins vs Blackhawks game. Those scenes were actually reenacted on 4/5/2016 after the Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes game. See more »

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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 »

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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 CTV National News: Episode dated 7 September 2017 (2017) See more »

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Loud 'N Restless
Written by Dennis Livingston
Performed by Loosely Tight
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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21 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. There is a fine line between getting chewed out by your Costco supervisor one day and having the country claim you as a hero the next. Just ask Jeff Bauman. On April 15, 2013 Jeff was near the finish line for the Boston Marathon, holding a handmade sign in support of his runner-girlfriend Erin. When she was still about a mile away, the two bombs went off, killing three people and injuring hundreds. Mr. Bauman lost his legs that day.

When Jeff regained consciousness in the hospital (after two surgeries), he was able to provide the FBI a detailed physical description of one of the bombers. His information led directly to the identification of one of the scumbag brothers responsible for this atrocity. Immediately, Jeff was hailed as a hero – both locally and nationally. The film does a nice job of telling Jeff's story and how his life unfolded over the next few months.

Director David Gordon Green is responsible for such disparate film projects as OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, MANGLEHORN, and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. He may seem an odd choice to adapt the film from the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter (screenplay by John Pollono), but the story is so moving and heart-warming, and the three lead actors are so good that we immediately connect with each of them.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff, Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") plays Erin, and Miranda Richardson tears up the screen as Jeff's mother, Patty. Mr. Gyllenhaal is remarkable (as usual) as the working class local boy who truly believes his lucky seat and beer determine success or failure for his beloved Bruins and Red Sox. His initial portrayal is spot on for the normal guy who seems caught in the web of eternal teenage mentality so common in the male species. As he struggles with his new life challenges, he strives to do better, but simply doesn't understand why he is viewed as a hero … and doesn't particularly embrace what comes with the label, at least early on. Ms. Maslany is terrific as the guilt-ridden, confused-yet-strong, on-again-off- again girlfriend to Jeff. She fights through being treated as an outsider by the family, and the daily grind of caring for a guy who needs constant help. The twice Oscar nominated Miranda Richardson is unlike we have ever seen her on screen. Despite being a Brit, Ms. Richardson captures the Boston sauciness (in more ways than one) and takes no 'stuff' from anyone. Her performance is stunning.

Of course, at its core, this is an inspirational story about how a normal guy became a hero after a tragic event. The recent Mark Wahlberg film PATRIOTS DAY focused on the aftermath and investigation, while here the attention is on the emotional story of one man and one family. We see the recreation of the flag-waving at the Boston Bruins game, and the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park. We also see the obstacles faced when rehabilitation and care- giving becomes too much to bear. Carlos Arredondo and his cowboy hat and heroics are also given much-deserved space here. His back story is heart-breaking, and a reminder that everyone has a story, and each of us can be a hero in some way. Since life isn't a movie, the realities are that Jeff and Erin have since divorced, but that in no way reduces the impact of their touching story that inspires each of us to be stronger.


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