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Concussion (2015)

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In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Mike Webster
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Daniel Sullivan
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Dr. Steve DeKosky
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Christopher Jones
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Dave Duerson
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Andre Waters
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Dr. Elliot Pellman
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Roger Goodell
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Gracie
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Storyline

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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He will stop at nothing to expose the truth. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Game Brain  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,513,749, 27 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,531,832, 13 March 2016
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Prior to Mike Webster's death, during the worst of his CTE-related mental issues, this movie shows him alone in his truck (where he has started living) when he removes his pants and applies a Taser-style electronic weapon to his own heavily scarred leg. Although the movie never provides an explanation for this action, articles on ESPN.com and in GQ covering Webster's death and Bennet Omalu's research explained that Webster did this to himself because at that point in his illness, he was unable to fall asleep, but the Taser would at least render him unconscious for periods of time. See more »

Goofs

The film implies Cyril Wecht's prosecution was initiated to pressure Omalu to drop his research. Wecht was actually indicted three months before Omalu first published his findings. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cyril Wecht: [rhetorically] Did you think the NFL would thank you?
Dr. Bennet Omalu: [earnestly] Yes.
Dr. Cyril Wecht: What the hell for?
Dr. Bennet Omalu: For knowing.
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Move Ya Body
Written by Full Force, Cordel Burell, Natalie Albino, Nicole Albino,
Elijah Wells, Lionel Bermingham and Luis Diaz
Performed by Nina Sky featuring Jabba
Courtesy of Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Coolie Dance Rhythm"
Performed by Cordel Burell (as Cordel "Scatta" Burrell)
Courtesy of Greensleeves Records Ltd.
By arrangement with Fine Gold Productions LLC
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I'm Lucky to be Alive
25 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

I am a survivor of playing on high school concussions. I finally quit playing by so many positive family influences in my life. I grew up playing Texas football, the "American Dream". I received my final football concussion in 2000 and discontinued playing football. Troy Aikman was the only one anyone talked about at this time regarding concussions and everyone thought he was fine. What they didn't talk about which this movie does a great job is pointing out all the players that died or had violent disruptive behavior due to post conclusion syndrome. I rated this movie a 10 because there will be millions of dollars spent to make the movie go away. It's important for every parent in America to understand what football can do to your kids. Football is a great sport but their can be serious life consequences that can come from it.

Football 2000 years later will be looked at as Roman Gladiators once were.

I loved every minute of my experience with football growing up. But the reality is the overwhelming effects this sport causes to our brains.

It was once said to me that if the brain injury could be seen on the outside of your body it wouldn't even be a question if football would still be a sport. However, it's not and that's why it's unspoken.

I very much support this movie and I am glad that Sony Pictures (only non nfl contract) took the liberty to show people what this sport's health effects can have on young kids and adults.

Hope you enjoy my real-life review. I feel lucky to be alive. Lucky that I was surrounded by people that could think there was more to life then the "American Dream". God Bless


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