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Greater (2016)

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The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

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David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

Writers:

Brian Reindl, David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal McDonough ... Marty Burlsworth
Leslie Easterbrook ... Barbara Burlsworth
Christopher Severio Christopher Severio ... Brandon Burlsworth (as Chris Severio)
Michael Parks ... Leo Burlsworth
Nick Searcy ... The Farmer
Peter Gray Lewis ... Coach Tice (as Peter Lewis)
Fredric Lehne ... Coach Bender
M.C. Gainey ... Coach Ford
Wayne Duvall ... Pastor Rick
Texas Battle ... Anthony Lucas
Mark Dobies ... Coach Nutt
Grant Cook Grant Cook ... Grant Garrett
Josh Emerson ... Nathan Ward
Ethan Waller Ethan Waller ... Young Brandon
Todd Julian ... Mike
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Storyline

Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I. Undeterred, Brandon took a big risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing. The overly-fat kid who was once an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon was tragically killed in a car accident, crushing all who knew him. Brandon was "too good to be ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and smoking
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greater: The Brandon Burlsworth Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$627,974, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$2,000,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,000,093
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Trivia

Mitch Craft was asked to audition for the role of "Nathan Ward" in 2013 but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

When Brandon is shown playing in a junior high game, there is a quick shot just before he catches the opposing quarterback where the number on his jersey is reversed, revealing that this shot was moving in the wrong direction compared to the rest of the edits, so they flipped the image. See more »

Quotes

Coach Tice: You know, football's a rough game; it's unpredictable. Life itself, squeezed into 60 minutes in 100 yards. Now, you can't control who your mom and daddy is, but you can control how hard you work. Sow with thought, you reap in action. Sow with action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. You sow a character, you reap a destiny. Every place starts with a cadence and ends with a whistle. What you do in between, determines your legacy, so make sure you give it everything you've ...
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Crazy Credits

There is some footage of the real Brandon after the last credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 25 August 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Fly Away
Written by Albert E. Brumley
Performed by Michael Parks, Ethan Waller and Craig Strickland
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Every now and again something special comes along
1 January 2017 | by patrick-cawleySee all my reviews

Where to start? Well, this was a surprise for me and a mighty good one at that. To be honest, I had never heard of Brandon Burlsworth before (I am from Ireland and don't follow American football that much) but after watching this film and doing some follow-up research I now know his story is an amazing and inspiring one and then some.

Hats off to all involved, great acting, especially by Chris Severio as Brandon Burlsworth, but the other actors really played their parts convincingly too.

I loved this for other reasons also, the powerful message that for those who never give up opportunities will come. Just a quick mention for actor Neal McDonough who played the part of Brandon's brother amazingly. He did a superb job; the last time I saw him was in the excellent TV series, Band of Brothers. Such a terrific actor who deserves more recognition for what he does.

What's more, it is a great family film and proof it doesn't have to be all about graphic images, profanity, and innuendo. Well done to the production crew for making a movie with such an important uplifting message in an age where others seem only concerned with pushing their agenda.

I urge everyone to see this because, as I said in the heading, "Every now and again something special comes along." This is one of those moments.


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