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Gleason (2016)

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After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.


(as J. Clay Tweel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
Mike Gleason ... Himself
... Himself
Mike McKenzie ... Himself
... Herself
Paul Varisco Jr. ... Himself
Vinnie Varisco ... Himself
Ryan Gootee ... Himself
Paul Varisco Sr. ... Himself
Brendan Weber ... Himself
Kyle Gleason ... Himself
Gail Gleason ... Herself
Jill Varisco ... Herself
Kevin Dedmon ... Himself
Rivers Gleason ... Himself


At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do - LIVE: with purpose, for his newborn son, for his wife, and to help others with his disease.

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Live with purpose. Love with purpose.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Official Site | Official site [Japan] |  »



Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gleason Project  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,583, 29 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$576,589, 28 August 2016
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Steve Gleason: Yesterday, about five minutes after I got home I pooped all over myself and my wheelchair. I think it's crazy that I can go from people saying "You're my hero," to having to be helped onto a toilet with my pants full of shit. It's an incredible example of polarities, and dichotomies, and juxtapositions that is my life.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 27 July 2016 (2016) See more »


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Just WOW! A Life Affiriming Masterpiece.
17 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

This documentary really does reaffirm life and registers in a big way. Thanks to all the Gleason friends and family for sharing this with us.

I walked out of the cinema and made sure to take an extra look around at the sky itself and took a loooooong deep breath and remembered to thank God for ALL the big things in life. As anyone that has gone through anything like this with a loved one knows, there are NO small things in life. Everything is large and larger. The ability to walk, talk, think, breathe and live pain free are nothing to be taken for granted. This documentary perfectly reminds you of that and makes any other problems seem insignificant by comparison.

I was moved by the depth they cared to share with us from the humbling and frustrating person hygiene issues to matters of faith. Watching Steve bare and carry this HEAVY cross and watching him and those around him suffer is certainly uncomfortable but also awe inspiring. As he stated, his soul is indeed saved and his sacrifice and true pain on every level being recorded is a testament to that salvation and his impact on others. What a terrible and sad cross to bare.

Same certainly can be said for his amazing and lovely wife, Michel. She may not want to be labeled as a saint but how else to describe her strength? She's as far way from "dick-face" as it gets! ;) Their journey and strength should make us all want to be better people and live stronger lives.

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