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Draft Day

Draft Day

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Director: Ivan Reitman, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary

Cast: Ivan Reitman, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary


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Ivan Reitman's Draft Day stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns. With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny is informed by the team's owner (Frank Langella) that if Sonny doesn't make a splash and generate ticket sales, he


Ivan Reitman's Draft Day stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns. With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny is informed by the team's owner (Frank Langella) that if Sonny doesn't make a splash and generate ticket sales, he's going to be fired. That prompts the GM to take a trade offer from another team that gives him the first pick in the draft, in exchange for three furure first-round picks. The move outrages the Browns' head coach, and forces all of the team's scouts to dig up what they can find about the pick everyone, including the owner, expects them to make -- a highly touted QB from Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Weaver is drawn to a talented linebacker who has family issues to deal with and is known for having a hot temper.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Ivan Reitman's Draft Day is a diluted mix of Jerry Maguire and Moneyball that lacks the emotional pull of the former and the intelligence of the latter. While it may not measure up to its two most obvious influences, it goes down smooth, even though it ends up feeling like little more than a feature-length advertisement for the NFL. The movie stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of the struggling Cleveland Browns. With half a day to go until the beginning of the draft, he gets a trade offer from the Seattle Seahawks. The Browns can have the first pick this time around in exchange for multiple first-round picks in subsequent drafts. Sonny doesn't want to mortgage the future of his franchise and refuses, but when Browns owner Anthony Molina (Frank Langella) tells him that he needs to make a big splash that will help sell tickets or he'll be fired, Sonny accepts the Seahawks' offer. Sonny and his scouts now have about 12 hours to determine if they should take the consensus, no-brainer top pick, the seemingly flawless Wisconsin quarterback Bo Callahan (Josh Pence); their decision is complicated by the fact that they already have a solid, if injury-prone, QB named Brian Drew (Tom Welling). Sonny is more interested in defensive prospect Vontae Mack (Chadwick Boseman), a beast of a linebacker whom the press believes lacks discipline. Meanwhile, the Browns' head coach (Denis Leary) is touting a superstar running-back prospect whose father once played for the Browns. In addition to all of the work drama, Sonny finds out that his girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner) is pregnant, and she's not thrilled that their relationship must remain a secret since she's an executive with the team whose responsibilities include making sure they stay under the salary cap. Also, Sonny's father, the Browns' previous coach, passed away the week before. It should be clear by now that there's a heaping pile of plot in Draft Day, and while Reitman does a decent job of keeping up the narrative pace and juggling all of these story lines, screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph make some serious logical errors that keep the film from developing any depth. Their most egregious mistake occurs when Sonny shares a piece of information with his underlings that explains Vontae's most infamous public display of irresponsibility: Even viewers who don't know a touchdown from a touchback will recognize that this explanation would have been public knowledge immediately after the incident occurred. It's such a ludicrous plot development that it undermines the audience's suspension of disbelief. The performers keep everything enjoyable and light. Costner doesn't do much here, but he doesn't have to; Garner is warm and unflappable, though not quite plausible as a football insider; and Langella playfully chews the scenery as the powerful team owner. Two actors do stand out. Denis Leary looks and sounds like a football lifer; you can imagine his character having his own film. And Chadwick Boseman, who was very good as Jackie Robinson in 42, makes a big impact. He's totally believable as an athlete, but he also makes Vontae the most richly realized character in the whole movie with only four or five scenes. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Draft Day is that the NFL blessed the entire production, and obviously hopes to use it as a marketing tool. Not only do a number of real-life pro-football figures appear as themselves, but the NFL symbol, as well as the actual teams' logos and names, are on display throughout the movie. Seeing as how current league commissioner Roger Goodell has garnered a reputation as a law-and-order type -- frequently fining players and coaches for a myriad of on- and off-field actions -- it makes sense that he would throw the wealthy and powerful organization's full weight behind a film in which the subtext is that teams need to focus on picking players without character faults. Draft Day seems promising, but it doesn't develop into anything particularly memorable or special -- kind of like the majority of college players taken in the final round of the NFL draft.

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Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio Commentary with the writers; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Sonny Weaver Jr.
Jennifer Garner Ali
Denis Leary Coach Penn
Ellen Burstyn Barb Weaver
Frank Langella Anthony Molina
Chadwick Boseman Vontae Mack
Terry Crews Earl Jennings
Sean "Puffy" Combs Chris Crawford
Josh Pence Bo Callahan
Rosanna Arquette Angie
Timothy Simons Marx
David Ramsey Thompson
Wade Williams O'Reilly
Chi McBride Walt Gordon
W. Earl Brown Ralph Mowry
Brad Henke Tony "Bagel" Bagli
Griffin Newman Rick
Kevin Dunn Marvin
Patrick St. Esprit Tom Michaels
Arian Foster Ray Jennings
Christopher Cousins Max Stone
Pat Healy Jeff Carson
Laura Steinel Heather
Wallace Langham Pete Begler
Dave Donaldson Danny
Enré Laney Attractive Woman
Bernard Canepari War Room Scout
Christopher Mele War Room Scout
Leilani Barrett War Room Scout
Michael Cipiti War Room Scout
Justin Zabor War Room Scout
Aswan Harris War Room Intern
Tom Welling Brian Drew
John Lee Locker Room Player
Sam Elliott Coach Moore
Erin Drake Seahawks Fan
Quincy Dunn-Baker Seahawks Fan
Gregory D. Rush Phil
Tom Headlee Wyndham
Patrick Breen Bill Zotti
David Dunn Vontae's Agent
Stephen Hill Robert Starks
James Brewer Nate Davies
Ramses Barden Draft Day Player
Zoltan Mesko Draft Day Player
Demario Davis Draft Day Player
Margot Danis Bo Callahan's Girlfriend
Emil Boccio Agent
Leanora Haselrig Vontae's Girlfriend
Jennifer McMahan Brian Drew's Wife
Sophie Guest Brian Drew's Daughter
Brenda Adrine Vontae's Grandmother
Edwina Hadley Vontae's Grandmother
Aaron Hill Andre Bello
Michael Fisher Football Coordinator

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Ali Bell Producer
Michael Beugg Executive Producer
Jason Blumenfeld Associate Producer,Asst. Director
John Bucklin Art Director
John Debney Score Composer
Frank Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Dana E. Glauberman Editor
Rajiv Joseph Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Bill Lischak Executive Producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Medjuck Producer
Michael Nathanson Executive Producer
Lucas Nickerson Art Director
John Papsidera Casting
Alex Plapinger Associate Producer
Tom Pollock Executive Producer
Gigi Pritzker Executive Producer
Scott Rothman Screenwriter
Eric Steelberg Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Draft Day
1. Scene 1 [:00]
2. Scene 2 [7:08]
3. Scene 3 [3:43]
4. Scene 4 [9:44]
5. Scene 5 [7:05]
6. Scene 6 [9:28]
7. Scene 7 [5:43]
8. Scene 8 [8:38]
10. Scene 9 [5:03]
11. Scene 10 [5:44]
12. Scene 11 [2:37]
13. Scene 12 [5:21]
14. Scene 13 [7:31]
15. Scene 14 [7:01]
16. Scene 15 [7:06]
17. Scene 16 [9:14]


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Draft Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CrusaderGA More than 1 year ago
One of the best sports films of all time.