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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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A broken system. A man who wouldn't break. 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?


Even though the film is set in Long Beach, California, it was filmed in Memphis, Tenn. Director Tom Shadyac teaches film at the University of Memphis, and in 2018, he opened a climbing gym and community center in the Soulsville neighborhood of South Memphis. Shadyac's family has a long-running history of leadership at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, founded by Danny Thomas, who was a family friend of the Shadyacs. See more »


Brian Banks did, in fact, play for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. However, he did not make the final 53-man roster and was released before the regular season began. 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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I'm Ready
Written by Stephen Dorsey, Stepan Taft, Che Pope, and Cahleb Branch
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Take That To The Banks!
13 August 2019 | by Fields201See all my reviews

My mom, nephew and his girlfriend went with me to see this and we thought it was a good drama.

The story is about Brian Banks who wants to join the NFL but his dreams were shattered when a girl gets him arrested for rape which never happened so because his life is essentially over, he tries to clear his name.

The performances are really good. The main actor reminds me of Idris Elba, always a delight to see Greg Kinnear, and I didn't know Morgan Freeman is in this movie. It's a good movie to watch and there were some tear jerker scenes. Sadly it's not a comic book movie so it will quickly be on DVD soon.

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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