The Blind Side is a 2009 American biographical sports drama film written and directed by John Lee Hancock, based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).
The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first-round pick of the Ravens.
- Starring : Sandra Bullock / Tim McGraw
- Genre : Biography / Drama / Sport
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : John Lee Hancock
- Production : Alcon Entertainment / 3 Arts Entertainment / Left Tackle Pictures / Netter Productions / Zucker/Netter Productions
- Distributor : Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal / Warner Bros. / ABC Family / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Argentina Video Home / Audio Visual Entertainment / Channel 5 Television / Film1 / SBS6 / Sandrew Metronome Distribution / Warner Home Video
The Blind Side movie
The Blind Side release date
- November 17, 2009 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- November 20, 2009 : Canada
- November 20, 2009 : USA
- January 14, 2010 : Singapore
- January 27, 2010 : Philippines
- February 18, 2010 : United Arab Emirates
- February 25, 2010 : Australia
- February 27, 2010 : Japan
- March 25, 2010 : Germany
- March 25, 2010 : Israel
- March 26, 2010 : UK
- March 26, 2010 : Ireland
- June 2, 2010 : France (DVD premiere)
- June 18, 2010 : Spain
- September 8, 2010 : Sweden (DVD premiere)
The Blind Side cast
- Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy
- Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy
- Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher
- Jae Head as S.J. Tuohy
- Lily Collins as Collins Tuohy
- Ray McKinnon as Coach Cotton
- Kim Dickens as Mrs. Boswell
- Adriane Lenox as Denise Oher
- Kathy Bates as Miss Sue
- Catherine Dyer as Mrs. Smith
- Andy Stahl as Principal Sandstrom
- Tom Nowicki as Literature Teacher
- Libby Whittemore as Sarcastic Teacher
- Brian Hollan as Jay Collis
- Melody Weintraub as History Teacher
Quinton Aaron stars as Michael Oher, alongside Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, and Kathy Bates as Miss Sue, Oher’s tutor. The film also features appearances by several current and former NCAA coaches, including Houston Nutt, Ed Orgeron, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Tommy Tuberville, and Phillip Fulmer.
The Blind Side grossed over $300 million. Bullock went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, in the first year that the rules required a mandatory number of ten (previously five) Best Picture nominees, with the nomination considered a surprise by the producers; the Academy later changed their mandatory requirement to now allow “up to” ten nominees.
The film opens with seventeen-year-old Michael (“Big Mike”) Oher talking to an NCAA investigator. Then a flashback ensues.
Michael has been in foster care with different families in Oslo, Tennessee, due to his mother’s drug addiction. Every time he is placed in a new home, he runs away. His friend’s father, on whose couch Mike had been sleeping, asks Burt Cotton, the coach of Wingate Christian School, to help enroll his son and Mike. Impressed by Mike’s size and athleticism, Cotton gets him admitted despite his poor academic record. Later, Michael is befriended by a younger student named Sean Jr. (“SJ”). SJ’s mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy, is a strong-minded interior designer and the wife of wealthy businessman Sean Tuohy.
The school staff tell Michael that his father has died, apparently due to an accident. Later, Leigh Anne and Sean watch their daughter Collins playing volleyball. After the game, Sean notices Michael picking up leftover food on the bleachers.
One night, Leigh Anne notices Michael walking alone on the moist road, shivering in the cold without adequate clothing. When she learns that he plans to spend the night huddled outside the closed school gym, Leigh Anne offers to let him sleep on the couch in the Tuohy home.
The next morning, Leigh Anne notices that Michael has left. Seeing him walking away, she asks him to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her family. Slowly, Michael becomes a member of the family. Later, Leigh Anne drives Michael to his mother’s house. He sees an eviction notice posted on the door, and his mother is gone. [ref]
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