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Draft Day (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 11 April 2014 (USA)
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At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Berman ... Chris Berman
Dave Donaldson Dave Donaldson ... Danny
Patrick St. Esprit ... Tom Michaels
Chi McBride ... Walt Gordon
Mel Kiper Mel Kiper ... Mel Kiper
Jon Gruden ... Jon Gruden
Kevin Costner ... Sonny Weaver Jr.
Deion Sanders Deion Sanders ... Deion Sanders
Mike Mayock Mike Mayock ... Mike Mayock
Jennifer Garner ... Ali
Anthony Rizzo Anthony Rizzo ... Anthony Rizzo
Aaron Goldhammer Aaron Goldhammer ... Aaron Goldhammer
Chadwick Boseman ... Vontae Mack
Jordan Harris Jordan Harris ... Vontae's Nephew
Zachary Littlejohn Zachary Littlejohn ... Vontae's Nephew (as Zachary Littleton)
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It's draft day in the NFL, and as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny is forced to come up with a big move. After trading for the number one pick, Sonny has to choose between a lower-ranked linebacker with a questionable past, or a celebrated quarterback with a questionable future. All the while, Sonny is walking in the footsteps of his father, and personal complications force their way to the surface. Written by Anne Campbell

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The greatest victories don't always happen on the field.

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Draft Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,783,603, 13 April 2014

Gross USA:

$28,842,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,462,046
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Earl Jennings (Terry Crews) was a running back with the Cleveland Browns. However, while Crews played with four teams, he never played for the Browns, and he was a defensive lineman, rather than a running back. See more »

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When Bo is first arriving at the 2014 NFL Draft, on a television screen in the background there is video of NFL Network with the text "The Pick is In" in it even though the draft was yet to commence. See more »

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Chris Berman: Thirty-two teams, seven rounds, 224 young men who, today, are about to become players in the National Football League. A day where lives are changed. fates are decided, dynasties are born, and the clock is always ticking. Of course, I'm talking about... Draft Day.
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12 Hours Until the fate of a franchise and a city are determined
5 May 2014 | by praveer-mishraSee all my reviews

The countdown clock is rolling…Sonny Weaver Jr (Kevin Costner) the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns has a decision to make. Sonny has the first pick in the NFL Draft. Whomever he selects, his job, the job of Coach Penn (Denis Leary) not to mention the future of a billion dollar franchise and the hopes and dreams of a city ride on what he decides.

Draft Day is the latest entry in the sports drama from Kevin Costner, no stranger to epic sports films such as Bull Durham and Tin Cup. Draft Day is about the hours leading up to the NFL Draft and the turbulent drama, relationships and chaos enveloping the beleaguered General Manager of the Cleveland Browns…Sonny Weaver Jr. The film opens with Weaver's girlfriend and colleague, Allie (Jennifer Garner) announces to him that she is pregnant with their child. As the day continues Weaver works the phones with various general managers, all of whom try to fleece him for draft positioning. With pressure mounting by owner Anthony Molina (Frank Langella) Weaver succumbs to the rip off deal proposed by the Seattle Seahawks GM to move up to the top pick in the draft. As news of the trade is leaked via the Twittersphere, everybody and their brother is up in arms as the previously expected pick of fearsome linebacker Vontae Mack (Chadwick Boseman) is now thrown into doubt and the projected top pick in the draft, Wisconsin Quarterback and franchise making player Bo Callahan (Josh Pence) is within reach for Sonny.

As the film continues, Weaver investigates the curious Bo Callahan via his head of security who uncovers some bizarre behavior by the top prospect. Meanwhile Weavers mother arrives at Sonny's office to honor her late husband (who died the previous week) Sonny's dad and former coach of the Cleveland Browns…whom Sonny fired. Through the day Weaver is left to resolve his issues with Allie in between screaming matches with his owner, players, coaches and basically any body he makes eye contact with. There are plenty of cameo appearances with real NFL players and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, including a rather pointless appearance by Sean "P-Diddy" Combs as Bo Callahan's agent

THE VERDICT: Draft Day is ultimately a story about choices, their consequences and ultimately redemption set again the wheeling and dealing of what has become an important day for sports fans. Comedy directing legend, Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes) takes a departure into the realm of the sports drama to helm DraftDay. Reitman expertly guides his characters through the standard sport films clichés and keeps the film at a high level so that hardcore sports fans as well as non sports fans can appreciate the film. The film is a well paced whirlwind drama that makes for an enjoyable outing at the movies.

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