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Patriots Day (2016)

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The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tommy Saunders
Dicky Eklund Jr. ... Young Police Officers
... Young Police Officers
... Harrold
... Commissioner Ed Davis
... Officer Outside Harrold’s Apartment
... Patrick Downes
... Jessica Kensky
... Officer Sean Collier
... Li
Jerry Dwyer Jr. ... MIT Grad Students
Patrick Wensing ... MIT Grad Students
Michael Chuah ... MIT Grad Students
Sang-bae Kim ... MIT Professor (as Sangbae Kim)
... Carol Saunders


On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The inside story of the world's greatest manhunt. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Día Del Atentado  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65, 2 February 2016, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The interrogation team that interviews Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow is part of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). The HIG was created by order of President Obama, in 2009 and is housed within the FBI, but run under the auspices of the National Security Council. Their job is to interview terrorism suspects soon after their arrests, in order to obtain information of any further terrorism threat. The interrogation depicted falls under a special category, called "Quarles" interrogations, conducted when law enforcement believes that a threat to public safety still exists. Any information obtained during a Quarles interrogation cannot be used in a subsequent prosecution case. That is why officers were instructed to not Mirandize Katherine Russell when she was detained. See more »


Smoking in a dorm room at UMASS Dartmouth would set off the fire alarm. See more »


Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese: I seriously have to quit smoking!
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Featured in The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale (2017) See more »


Written by John F. Burns
Performed by Ohio University Marching 110
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Berg and Wahlberg make another heartwarming film about true events.
27 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Director Peter Berg delivers another solid flick based on true events, and this might be the best one yet. Good characters, who other than Mark Wahlberg, were actual people. From Kevin Bacon to John Goodman to Michelle Monaghan, all actors were at their best. And the decision to use actual security footage of the bombers from the events gives a good sense of fear of the actual events. I find the flaws being the actor playing the older bomber, as he wasn't an interesting character, and J.K. Simmons felt miscast.

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