Blind Side

Blind Side

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Director: John Lee Hancock

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 aSee more details below

Overview

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."

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2011
UPC:
0883929170470
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Michael Oher exclusive - rare interview with the pro footballer whose life the movie depicts; Sidelines: conversations on the blind side - Sandra Bullock and Leigh Anne Tuohy go one-on-one; Director/screenwriter John Lee Hancock and author Michael Lewis go one-on-one; Acting coaches: behind the Blind Side - when six legendary sec college coaches come together, competition steps up both on and off the screen; The story of big Quinton - neophyte actor Quinton Aaron's moving life story has much in common with the football star he portrays

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

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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 Training [3:39]
13. Becoming Legal [4:32]
14. Mrs. Oher [3:40]
15. Armed for an Accident [5:33]
16. Protect the Family [4:25]
17. So Many Rednecks [4:49]
18. I Got Your Back [4:59]
19. I Want Him Bad [3:37]
20. Miss Sue and a Coaching Slew [1:19]
21. The Decision [6:02]
22. Something To Write About [3:15]
23. Graduation Day [4:38]
24. Don't You Dare Lie [1:26]
25. Protect Mode [5:00]
26. Where My Family Goes [5:30]
27. Thank God and LT [5:20]
28. Epilogue and End Credits [3:30]

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