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The Blind Side

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Director: John Lee Hancock, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron

Cast: John Lee Hancock, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron

     
 

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Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama inspired by author Michael Lewis' best-seller The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Michael Oher was living on the streets when he was welcomed into the home of a

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Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama inspired by author Michael Lewis' best-seller The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Michael Oher was living on the streets when he was welcomed into the home of a conservative suburban family, but over time he matured into a talented athlete. As the NFL draft approaches, fans and sports radio personalities alike speculate that Oher will be the hottest pick of the year. Sandra Bullock stars in a film written and directed by John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Alamo).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Based on the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, as chronicled by Michael Lewis in his nonfiction book of the same name, John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side offers an overly familiar formula delivered with a commendably restrained amount of melodrama. Memphis businesswoman and housewife Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) gets what she wants in life through sheer force of will. Her children attend a ritzy private school, and when the higher-ups there admit Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a disadvantaged African-American kid, because the football coach wants him to play for the school, Leigh Anne focuses all of her considerable energy on giving the boy the kind of loving and stable environment he's never had. Eventually, he grows close to Leigh Anne, her husband (Tim McGraw), teen daughter, Collins, and cloyingly precocious young son, S.J. Michael works hard to get his grades high enough to play, develops skills as a left tackle, and starts getting letters of interest from big-time college programs. But problems arise when influences from Michael's past come back into his life, and when the NCAA worries that the Tuohys might be unethically pushing Michael toward attending their alma mater. The Blind Side is decidedly square. Its uplifting message and thoroughly unashamedly folksy qualities make it a feel-good, three-hanky, you-go-girl, wind-beneath-my-wings piece of sappy inspirationalism. But, it does have some persuasive things in its favor. First of all, it gets football right -- those who know nothing about the game will actually learn a little about what an offensive lineman does and how he does it. Secondly, it's not aggressive in its middlebrowness; the film -- like Hancock's previous sports movie, The Rookie -- has a light touch, best exemplified in Tim McGraw's charmingly laid-back performance as Sean Tuohy, a man unfazed and thoroughly charmed by his outspoken Type-A wife. And let's be clear that this is a Sandra Bullock film through and through. She's essentially playing a less sexually brazen Erin Brockovich -- a no-nonsense Southern girl who fights for what's right, for herself and for her family. It's not a part that requires much depth, but Bullock fills it with her usual charm, and her core audience will undoubtedly laugh and cry along as Leigh Anne stands up to coaches, gang-bangers, and administrators who stand in her and Michael's way. The movie is very familiar -- you've seen it all before -- but it succeeds at achieving its modest goals. It's cinematic comfort food that could have been called "Chicken Soup for the Football Lover's Soul."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
UPC:
0883929086696
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
3,596

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Leigh Anne Tuohy
Tim McGraw Sean Tuohy
Quinton Aaron Michael Oher
Jae Head S.J. Tuohy
Lily Collins Collins Tuohy
Ray McKinnon Coach Cotton
Kim Dickens Mrs. Boswell
Adriane Lenox Denise Oher
Kathy Bates Miss Sue
Catherine Dyer Mrs. Smith
Andy Stahl Principal Sandstrom
Tom Nowicki Literature Teacher
Libby Whittemore Sarcastic Teacher
Brian Hollan Jay Collis
Melody Weintraub History Teacher
Sharon Morris Investigator Granger
Omar J. Dorsey "Big Tony" Hamilton
Paul Amadi Steven Hamilton
IronE Singleton Alton
Hampton Fluker David
Rhoda Griffis Beth
Eaddy Mays Elaine
Ashley LeConte Campbell Sherry
Stacey Turner DMV Employee
Elizabeth Omilami CPS Employee
Afemo Omilami CPS Welfare Worker
Patrick Keenan Man in CPS LIne
Eric Benson Milford #66
David Dwyer Milford Dad
Catherine Combs Collins's Friend #1
Kelly Johns Collins's Friend #2
Rob Pralgo Lemming's Associate
Whitney Branan Lemming's Secretary #1
Brian Sutherin Lemming's Secretary #2
Rachel St. Gelais Little Girl on Playground
Brandon Rivers Michael Age Seven
Jody Thompson Paramedic
James Donadio Photographer
L. Warren Young Big and Tall Salesman
John Newberg Official
Brett Rice Cousin Bobby
Kevin Nichols Memphis Policeman
Preston Brant Michael's Brother
Matthew Atkinson Valet Parker
Trey Best Michael's Brother Age Twelve
Omid Soltani Rug Salesman
Destiny Long Alton's Girlfriend
April Rich Teacher in Lounge
Jaye Tyroff Milford Player #35
Ben Keen Wingate Quarterback
John Henry Hancock Rabid Ole Miss Fan
Joseph Chrest Clemson Coach
Michael Fisher Georgia Assistant Coach
Lamont Koonce Tennessee Assistant Coach
Phil Fulmer Himself
Lou Holtz Himself
Tom Lemming Himself
Houston Nutt Himself
Ed Orgeron Himself
Franklin "Pepper" Rodgers Himself
Nick Saban Himself
Tommy Tuberville Himself

Technical Credits
John Lee Hancock Director,Screenwriter
Timothy M. Bourne Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Yolanda Cochran Co-producer
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director,Co-producer
Broderick Johnson Producer
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Andrew Kosove Producer
Ronna Kress Casting
Ronna Kress Casting
Mark Livolsi Editor
Julia Michels Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Minton Art Director
Gil Netter Producer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Molly Smith Executive Producer
Erwin Stoff Executive Producer
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer
Pamela Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blind Side
1. Ideal Left Tackle [5:42]
2. Christian Thing [3:29]
3. White Walls [5:28]
4. Family News [3:55]
5. Just for One Night [5:46]
6. Thanksgiving Table [4:15]
7. Homeless [3:55]
8. Leigh Anne's Project [4:11]
9. Never Had One Before [3:00]
10. Marcus and Ferdinand [6:11]
11. Comfort Levels [5:01]
12. Personal Thing [3:39]
13. Becoming Legal [4:32]
14. Mrs. Oher [2:39]
15. Armed for an Accident [1:00]
16. Protect the Family [5:33]
17. So Many Rednecks [4:25]
18. I Got Your Back [4:49]
19. I Want Him Bad [4:59]
20. Miss Sue and A Coaching Slew [3:37]
21. The Decision [1:19]
22. Something to Write About [6:02]
23. Graduation Day [3:15]
24. Don't You Dare Lie [4:38]
25. Protect Mode [1:26]
26. Where My Family Goes [5:00]
27. Thank God and LT [5:30]
28. Epilogue and End Credits [5:20]

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The Blind Side 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I finally saw this movie, after friends & family kept telling me to see it, and I thought it was excellent! A very touching, heart warming true story about a real life football player! I admit that I am not much into professional football, though I do like some college ball, but none the less, this is a great, inspirational show to be enjoyed by all. Just be wary with your kids though, because there are a couple of adult situations and a bit of violence & such in one spot. Other than that, I highly recommend everyone see this movie.
IsaacVillan More than 1 year ago
This movie inspired me. This is also a movie I would like to watch over and over again.
AbbeyLizzy More than 1 year ago
Before it was ever released or well known, I was looking forward to this movie. I thought that it would be good but was amazed by what i saw! It portrays a true life story of courage and perserverance, and is a must see for anybody!
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
Micheal Oher (Quinton Aaron) was a large black kid who grew up in the Memphis projects living on people's couches because his crack addicted mom was unfit to take care of him. One day, Tony Hamilton (Omar J Dorsey), trying to enroll his kid into Wingate Christian School, also gets Micheal enrolled in the school. Moving from place to place to find shelter, Michael finally comes across Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw) who invite him to stay at their house, and eventually invite him to be a part of their family. The story of Micheal Oher is really a quite amazing one. Oher traveled from place to place never really having a place to stay, until he was invited by the Tuohy's to stay with them. Having never remained in a school for more than a year, and failing miserably, the Tuohy's helped him raise his grades to be able to play football (and basketball) in school. Eventually this lead to him being one of the most sought after high school players for college recruiters. Just before the 2009 NFL season he became a first round draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens and became the 2009 Rookie of the Year. With such an amazing story of "rags to riches" how does Oher's story translate to film? Very well. One thing that surprised me, and I found refreshing was the fact that a such an openly Christian family was actually treated respectfully and without ridicule. I say this because the movie itself actually has a genuine spirit to it, it doesn't feel like a by the numbers inspirational sports movie. The writing does a great job keeping many of the true things that happened in real life in the movie, moving things around as is typically necessary for screen stories, without making things feel forced. As sports movies go, this movie feels fresher than many that have come in recent years. This, of course, is the movie that not only earned Sandra Bullock her first Oscar nomination, but her first Oscar win as well and for good reason. Playing a character based on a real person is already a daunting task, but for an actress known most for playing America's sweetheart type roles, playing a strong willed genuinely philanthropic Christian woman is definitely not easy, but Bullock equips herself well and steals the movie. And Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher does a fantastic job playing Oher as a person who is shy, quiet, and even somewhat cynical, but doesn't allow his cynicism to define him. Throughout the film we watch these layers removed as he becomes more ingrained in the Tuohy household. My biggest problem with the movie is some of the changes they make to this already fantastic true story. Michael Oher already knew how to play football before being placed on the team at Briarcrest (the real school that he attended while in the Tuohy home). Making it seem as though he didn't, to me, is an insult to the true character this film is trying to portray. On top of that the story, as portrayed in the film, is a little too good to be true. The lack of an inner struggle for the main character, as well as the lack of an outer struggle throughout most of the movie drags it down a few notches. All in all, I think it was a really good movie, and while it might not be an Oscar worthy movie on the best picture front, its definitely one of the better inspirational sports movies to come out in recent memory. Check it out for the performances, the heart warming story, and the inspiration that you will derive from it. 3.5/5
Everyday_Joe More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side tells the real-life story of a hulking, homeless African-American teenager who is taken in by a well-to-do southern white family. At first glance, you'd think that Michael Oher is the clear winner in the deal - with the Touhy family's help, he goes from life on the streets to an eventual starring role on the football field. But this isn't a one-sided arrangement. With Big Mike's help, the Touhys learn to see beyond their upper-class world and also come to understand the importance of family. Sandra Bulloch shines in the role of Leigh Anne, the headstrong yet soft-hearted matriarch who feels compassion for the boy and brings him into her home. Quinton Aaron plays Michael, the gentle giant who's finally able to reach his potential. The talented cast also features country music legend Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side, with Sandra Bullock, this was a great movie. It was very close to the original book of the same title by Michael Lewis. The protagonist, Michael, (also called "Big Mike") was well developed as well as the characters of the members of the Touhy family. Leigh Ann was especially developed and believable as the Southern "go-getter," and "tough" yet loving mother. Truly this was a DVD worth watching, the realism just keeps your attention. S.J.'s character adds some laughter to this drama that helps "lighten-up" the mood. Even though there are moments of violence, drug use, and sexually suggestive behavior this DVD is still a great investment.
Squid22Syd23 More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie of all time! It is so touching to see what a person can do to change an orphans life. everyone has to see this I highly recommend this to everyone no matter what their age is even if the movie is PG-13 it had some sad parts, some funny parts, some exciting parts it has everything you could ever wish for! It is so touching with what this family can do to michael :)
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MilmomJL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a must read for everyone. Michael Ohr is a remarkable young man and fortunate that a good family adopted him. But he also worked to succeed with the help he received. It can't be all one way, and Michael Ohr definitely did his part. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandra Bullock made a good choice of story to lend her celebrity and acting prowess. The kindness and gentle giant young man was in contrast to young people overly endowed with a sense of entitlement. Hard knocks did not deter. A mother's vision and support changed a life. All of us have the opportunity to take notice of others and lend a hand of kindness and support.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much has been written concerning the content of The Blind Side and I see no reason for further comment; however, I would like to say that B&N's service was exemplary. From order to delivery without having requested special service, I received the discs within 4 days. Quite impressive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordered and paid for DVD one month ago. Never received item. Never responded to my email.
2babydogs More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. Until now Jerry McGuire has been my long standing favorite movie whenever asked, but this movie is equal or probably greater than that. I love a movie that moves and inspires you, and this movie is excelleant at doing both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie is good for the whole faimly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of the best movies i have seen i a long time for all ages. it was well worth any money you pay for it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I blinked back the tears along with the cheers and laughter all the way through. A virtuoso performance by an astounding actress. Ms. Bullock - you are the best! This movie inspires hope and heart. This is a must see movie for everyone!