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Breakthrough (2019)

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When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

Director:

Roxann Dawson

Writers:

Joyce Smith (based upon the book by), Grant Nieporte (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcel Ruiz ... John Smith
Topher Grace ... Pastor Jason Noble
Sarah Constible ... Neighbor Lady
Dennis Haysbert ... Dr. Garrett
Nancy Sorel ... Mrs. Abbott
Miriam Smith ... VP Nancy Benes
Victor Zinck Jr. ... Joe Marrow
Mike Colter ... Tommy Shine
Chrissy Metz ... Joyce Smith
Josh Lucas ... Brian Smith
Taylor Mosby ... Chayla
Ali Skovbye ... Emma
Maddy Martin ... Abby Sutterer
Isaac Kragten ... Josh
Nikolas Dukic ... Rieger
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When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth's mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse.

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Based on the impossible true story.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic content including peril | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Both Josh Lucas (Brian Smith) and Topher Grace (Pastor Jason Noble) played villains in Marvel Comics movies in the 2000s. Lucas played Glenn Talbot in Hulk (2003) and Grace played Eddie Brock in Spider-Man 3 (2007). See more »

Goofs

Jason asks John, "Who got a record 6 NBA titles?", referring to Michael Jordan. However, Jordan's 6 championships isn't a record as Bill Russell holds the record with 11 titles. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Smith: Now's not a good time.
Pastor Jason Noble: I know... that's why I'm here.
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Uptown Funk
Written by Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Philip Lawrence, Devon Christopher Gallaspy (as Devon Gallaspy), Jeff Bhasker, Trinidad James (as Nicholaus Williams), Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson (as Ronnie James Wilson), Charlie Wilson (as Charles K. Wilson), Rudy Taylor, Robert Wilson (as Robert Lynn Wilson)
Performed by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Courtesy of Mark Ronson under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited/RCA Records
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Hypothermia and brain function in drowning victims
15 January 2020 | by smithtygSee all my reviews

I hate to tell those that think this was a miracle but the situation is really not all that uncommon. And it's pretty established medical science.

The intense coldness of freezing water slows organ function and allows for prolonged survival without oxygen. The first documented case was in Switzerland with a young girl that fully recovered after being underwater for close to 45 minutes. In fact, hypothermia treatment is now commonly used to care for patients that have oxygen deprived brains but restored cardiac and pulmonary function. Dr. Atul Gwande outlines this in his book The Checklist Manifesto - which I highly recommend for this topic and the many others covered in the book. Dr. Gawande is a great writer and all of his books are well worth the time.

As for the movie, it was what pretty standard fair for this type of movie. Better production value and bigger name actors than most Christian movies but nothing overly noteworthy.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,282,333, 21 April 2019

Gross USA:

$40,713,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,444,358
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2.39 : 1
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