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Only the Brave (2017)

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Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

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Joseph Kosinski

Writers:

Sean Flynn (based on the GQ article "No Exit" by), Ken Nolan | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Eric Marsh
Miles Teller ... Brendan McDonough
Jeff Bridges ... Duane Steinbrink
Jennifer Connelly ... Amanda Marsh
James Badge Dale ... Jesse Steed
Taylor Kitsch ... Christopher MacKenzie
Andie MacDowell ... Marvel Steinbrink
Geoff Stults ... Travis Turbyfill
Alex Russell ... Andrew Ashcraft
Thad Luckinbill ... Scott Norris
Ben Hardy ... Wade Parker
Scott Haze ... Clayton Whitted
Jake Picking ... Anthony Rose
Scott Foxx Scott Foxx ... Travis Carter
Dylan Kenin ... Robert Caldwell
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Storyline

In 2007 Prescott, Arizona, Eric Marsh of the Prescott Fire Department is frustrated fighting forest fires when the Type 1 or "Hotshot" front line forest fire fighting crews from afar overrule his operational suggestions to his area's sorrow. To change that, Marsh gets approval from the Mayor to attempt to organize an unprecedented certified municipal-based Hotshot crew for Prescott. To that end, Marsh needs new recruits, which includes the young wastrel, Brendan McDonough, to undergo the rigorous training and qualification testing for the most dangerous of fire fighting duty. Along the way, the new team meets the challenge and the hailed Granite Mountain Hotshots are born. In doing so, all the men, especially McDonough, are changed as new experience and maturity is achieved in fire-forged camaraderie. All this is put to the test in 2013 with the notorious Yarnell Hill Fire that will demand efforts and sacrifices no one can ignore. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Exit See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,002,665, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$18,343,983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,754,775
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| (Mainland China Cut Version)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the official accident report released by the Arizona State Forestry Division, investigators noted a "culture of engagement" that, while ruled out as a direct contributing factor to the accident, was highlighted as the likely reason the Granite Mountain IHC chose to leave "the black". As noted, Hotshots are recognized as experts within the wildland firefighting community, whose persistence and improvisational ability makes them uniquely suited to the unusual challenges of wildfire engagement. It was concluded by investigators (and hinted at in the movie) that the Granite Mountain IHC was reluctant to sit by and do nothing, instead choosing to leave the black- presumably desiring to reengage the fire or assist in evacuation of Yarnell. While this decision was not sanctioned by the supervising authority, investigators determined the Granite Mountain IHC would not have perceived any risk associated with the move, since it was not yet known the fire would later shift directions. As a result, it was ruled out as a contributing factor but highlighted as a learning opportunity for wildland firefighters. See more »

Goofs

When Amanda leaves Duane's house in her truck, one of the crew member's feet can be seen reflected in the truck's chromed front bumper. See more »

Quotes

Duane Steinbrink: I know you boys are looking for sympathy. You'll find that in the dictionary somewhere between shit and syphilis.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits roll the real Granite Mountain Hotshots are shown along with the actors who portrayed them. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's IMAX release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters and on home video. See more »

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A well-told movie about true events.
26 October 2017 | by eparazakSee all my reviews

Only the Brave is a movie directed by Joseph Kosinski and stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges. The movie is essentially a biography about the the rise of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and how they come together to put their entire lives at risk to protect their town from a dangerous wildfire.

This managed to be a very interesting movie that brings you in very quickly when the movie starts. It is very well acted from beginning to end with interesting characters and motives. It's interesting to see how the members of the Hotshots' lives have changed as the organization forms and grows big. The movie isn't fully character driven, fortunately. The movie does have a large focus on dealing with the area's large wildfires, which are also highly engaging. It's admittedly hard to critique the execution of certain scenes like the firefighting scenes in Only the Brave when it's based on true events. If I would like to point out an issue that I have with the movie, it's that I thought the story structure was a bit all over the place, but again, it's hard to properly critique a biography movie due to the fact that it is based on true events.

8/10


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