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 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 ... 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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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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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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The donation jar in the bar has a lid in some shots, but it disappears in others. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Bob: The whole world is watching you, kid.
Big Jeff: Yeah, you're like a symbol to a lot of people.
Jeff Bauman: For what?
Big Jeff: You know, you're Boston Strong, right?
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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Satellite
Written by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Joe Pisapia (as Joseph Pisapia), Brian Rosenworcel
Performed by Guster
Courtesy of Nettwerk Music Group, Inc.
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21 September 2017 | by ferguson-6See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stronger See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,611,040, 24 September 2017

Gross USA:

$4,211,129

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,503,658
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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