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Only the Brave (2017)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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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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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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It's Not What Stands In Front Of You, It's Who Stands Beside You

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

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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€4,480 (Lithuania) (22 October 2017)
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Jennifer Connelly spent time with the real Amanda Marsh in preparation for her role. See more »

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Amanda Marsh: I've had to learn to live my life without needing you, and now you're pissed at me?
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Before the credits roll the real Granite Mountain Hotshots are shown along with the actors who portrayed them. See more »


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Hold the Light
Written by Joseph Trapanese, Sean Carey, Dierks Bentley, and Jon Randall
Performed by Dierks Bentley featuring Sean Carey (as S. Carey)
Produced by Ross Copperman and Joseph Trapanese
Mixed by F. Reid Shippen at Robot Lemon, Nashville, TN
Recorded by F. Reid Shippen and Zach Hanson
Recorded at Southern Ground, Nashville, TN and April Base Studios, Fall Creek, WI
Strings Recorded by Nick Spezia at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN
Additional Recording by Brian N. Joseph (as Brian Joseph) at Hive, Eau Claire, WI
Pedal Steel Guitar - Ben Lester
Lap Steel - Ben Helson
Acoustic Guitar - Ben Helson, Jon Randall
Fiddle - Dan Hochhalter
Upright Bass - Jeremy Boettcher
Electric Bass - Jon Randall
Percussion - Sean Carey
Piano and Synths - Sean Carey, Joseph Trapanese
Keyboards - Jeff Roach
Orchestra Leader and Contractor - Alan Umstead
Strings Arranged and Conducted by Joseph Trapanese
Dierks Bentley appears courtesy of Capitol Records
S. Carey appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar
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A Team for the Ages
22 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

There have only been a few movies in which the theater I was in went completely silent as the credits rolled. Only the Brave tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who risked their lives to stop wildfires across the country. It's films like this that always move me the most. A group of people who you grow fond of during the course of a film band together in the most dangerous of circumstances for a common cause. When done right, they can be extremely powerful.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, and Taylor Kitsch among others; all of them do a great job of creating a chemistry and realness between each other. In order to feel anything when these men are entering the flames, there has to be real friendships and relationships built between the actors as these real life heroes. Perhaps more than anything else, Only the Brave completely nailed the bond between the team of hotshots.

Going along with the bonds they have with each other, the film focuses heavily on a few of the men's personal lives, which is where the real emotion lied for me. Jennifer Connelly had the biggest supporting role, as the wife of Brolin's character, but that was far from the only character's personal life I felt attached to. As much as this a tribute to the men on the team, it's also a great film to honor those lives who were affected by the team in any way shape or form.

Kosinski's directing, the team of writers, the ensemble of actors and actresses, and of course everyone else doing the dirty work should be commended for the work here. Only the Brave is a deeply moving film that never takes advantage of the fiery source material to bombastic results, instead only using it to honor the lives impacted. Truly one of the best films of the year.

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