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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)


(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 »


Official Sites:

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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Michel Varisco-Gleason: I have never wanted to be a saint. I've never been a saint before Steve. I'm never going to be a saint. I don't want to be, like, a devil or a dick face, but I don't want to be a saint, either. I just want to be a real person.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 27 July 2016 (2016) See more »


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Astonishing, intimate, gut-wrenching
2 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

(I thought that "O.J.:Made In America" was going to be the best doc of 2016.)

This is an amazing movie. It is an intensely personal movie of a man & his wife/life partner/angel living with one of the most life-sucking illnesses known to mankind. It's tough to watch. It is worth the effort.

I struggle with words 3 nights removed from witnessing this film. This is a story of courage, pain, triumph, faith (not in the way you would expect), friendship, sacrifice &, above all, love. There are so many levels deftly handled & addressed in this film. It ends with an odd subtext of man melding into a machine. (Forgive me. I love sci-fi).

IDK. I do know it is one of the very films of 2016. SEE IT!

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