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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.

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Clay Tweel (as J. Clay Tweel)

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Clay Tweel (as J. Clay Tweel)
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Cast

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

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.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gleason Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,583, 31 July 2016

Gross USA:

$583,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$583,664
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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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Hoping and Healing
Written by Mike McCready
Performed by Mike McCready
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An Incredibly Heartwrenching, Yet Inspiring Documentary
8 January 2017 | by RustyShackleforddSee all my reviews

I watched this film knowing almost nothing about expect that it was a documentary and it had received great reception. I'm not a football fan and had no idea who Steve Gleason was. With that said, it didn't take away any of my enjoyment from this powerful documentary.

The film follows retired NFL player Steve Gleason who is diagnosed with ALS just months before the birth of his son. As he prepares a video dairy for his son, we watch as Steve deals with the disease as it progresses as well as his family as they embark with him on the long and difficult journey. Even without any knowledge of his football career, the film does a great job of quickly introducing to Steve and his family and giving us a background of their live. Although Steve is the star here, his wife Michele also equally shares the spotlight with him as we get to know her and watch her world change as he helps support her husband.

Although I highly recommend this film, be warned it's very difficult to watch. The film does not shy away from just how horrific of a disease ALS is and shows us Steve at several points where he is at his worst with the disease to the point he nearly gives up. What makes the film worth it though is watching somebody like Steve who once had it all have the courage and strength to want to continue living his life in his condition for the sake of his family.

By the end of the film, it's hard not walk away without thinking of Steve Gleason as one of the most inspiring people to ever live. It's the kind of film that when it's over makes you want to go outside and look around and makes you appreciate your own life and the ones around you. The only thing that really keeps the film from being perfect that it is a bit long at nearly 2 hours and a few scenes could've been trimmed down. If you enjoy documentaries and inspiring stories, this film is a must watch and one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time!


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