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Brian Banks (2018)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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A football player's dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.


Tom Shadyac


Doug Atchison
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldis Hodge ... Brian Banks
Greg Kinnear ... Justin Brooks
Sherri Shepherd ... Brian's Mom, Leomia
Melanie Liburd ... Karina Cooper
Tiffany Dupont ... Alissa Bjerkhoel
Xosha Roquemore ... Kennisha Rice
Mystie Smith ... Marilyn
Jose Miguel Vasquez ... Deputy District Attorney Mateo
Dorian Missick ... Officer Mick Randolph
Monique Grant ... Kennisha's Mother
Matt Battaglia ... Pete Carroll
Michael Franti ... Michael Franti
Kevin Yamada ... Judge Monk
Thursday Farrar ... Barbara Ford
Zeus Luby ... Corey Diego


The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. Written by Bleecker Street

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Falsely accused. Wrongfully convicted. Never defeated. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content and related images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Tom Shadyac and Morgan Freeman previously worked together on Bruce Almighty (2003) and Evan Almighty (2007). See more »


The ending shows Brian Banks playing for the Atlanta Falcons; coming out onto the field of the Mercedez-Benz Stadium. That stadium wasn't built until 2017. In 2013 The Atlanta Falcons played in the now demolished Georgia Dome. See more »


[Pete Carroll is talking on the phone to Brian Banks]
Pete Carroll: Hey, I'm looking for a linebacker!
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Set Me Free
Written by James Fauntleroy (as James Edwards Fauntleroy), Isaac Lucas, Benjamin Roberts (as Ben Roberts), Cheapshot (as Colton Fisher), Jason Rabinowitz, Cameron Marygold, Brandon Stewart, Langston Theard, Jordyn Kane, and Brayden Deskins
Performed by The Math Club feat. Redwood & James Fauntleroy
Courtesy of The Math Club
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Wow! Eyes Wide Open
9 August 2019 | by quietauraSee all my reviews

Just saw the latest superhero movie tonight. Although it was not advertised as one. I am talking the new movie Brian Banks. Don't get me wrong-I enjoy superhero movies and even attended Comic Con when I used to be able to afford it. Tonight, was a great reminder that we are the true superhero's with comics mimicking how sensational we can be as humans when we rise above injustice. Brian Banks is played outstandingly by actor Aldis Hodge who is amazingly convincing as Banks. Actress Sherri Shepard plays the role as Banks mother, who is everything one could want as a loving and protective mother. Greg Kinnear as the attorney Justin Brooks provides the right touch of truth about our judicial system, while exuding gut-wrenching care to this heartfelt classic hopeful. This movie is as compelling as The Blind Side-another based on true events story. Except you get blind-sided in a different way. As uncomfortable as this movie makes you feel, due to its disgusting unfairness faced by Brian Banks. You can't help but feel sorrow for what must be missing inside someone propelled to tell such sickening lies on the innocent-played perfectly by actress Xosha Roquemore as the accuser Kennisha Rice. This movie made me mad, cry and grateful for the freedom and life that I have. Test yourself, see how feel when you come out. All I can say is Wow, my eyes are now wide open.

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Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,156,272, 11 August 2019

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2.39 : 1
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