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Greater (2016)




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The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

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Christopher Severio
as Brandon Burlsworth
Neal McDonough
as Marty Burlsworth
M.C. Gainey
as Coach Ford
Nick Searcy
as The Farmer
Quinton Aaron
as Coach Aaron
Fredric Lehne
as Coach Bender
Wayne Duvall
as Pastor Rick
Texas Battle
as Anthony Lucas
Tammy Barr
as Ashley
Connor Antico
as Clint Stoerner
Adam Scarimbolo
as Coach Crane
Scott Thomson
as Dan Huber
Peter Gray Lewis
as Coach Tice
Mark Dobies
as Coach Nutt
Grant Cook
as Grant Garrett
Josh Emerson
as Nathan Ward
Ethan Waller
as Young Brandon
Patrick Duff
as Coach Mudd
Chris Ross
as Thin Frat
Grant Morris
as Fat Frat
Marty Bursworth
as Photographer
Frank Broyles
as Coach Broyles
Candyce Hinkle
as Mare Alice
Kyle Kelesoma
as Delivery Boy
Bryce Kemph
as Redneck Fan
Jason D. Wolf
as Redneck Fan #2
Richmond Porter Ross
as Jerky Reporter
Ed Lowry
as Snide Reporter #2
Houston Nutt
as Janitor
Billy Long
as Old Country Man
Mike Thomas
as Fork-Lift Operator
Jeff Sanders
as Happy Fan
Rob Stanley
as R. Crowe
Sarah Swetnam
as Attractive Female Student
Michelle Fries
as Female Officer
Gary Newton
as Harrison Principal
James Johnson
as Veteran Football Player
Michael Britton
as Player #2
Will Shackleford
as Jo Don Age 8
Ross Shackleford
as Jo Don Age 13
Spencer Rohrscheib
as Toddler Aaron Burlsworth
Dylan Fouse
as Baby Aaron Burlsworth
Blaine Browning
as Brady Burlsworth
Rachel Reindl
as Cute Girl #1
Libby Reindl
as Cute Girl #2
Kevin Ryan
as Bully Twin #1
Katy Hunt Ryan
as Bully Mom
Nicholas Ryan
as Bully Twin #2
Carroll McFerrin
as Pee Wee Coach
David Bazzel
as Sports Anchor
Gene Washington
as As Himself
Brandon Eels
as Game Announcer
Chuck Barrett
as Game Announcer
Victor Anderson
as Football Player
Mitchell Bailey
as Football Player
Kyle Braddick
as Football Player
Deaundre Brown
as Football Player
Daeshon Bufford
as Football Player
Terrell Carter
as Football Player
Chris Cherry
as Football Player
Robert Cox
as Football Player
Brian Deshane
as Football Player
Cory Dorris
as Football Player
Ryan Farr
as Football Player
Tyson Gonzalez
as Football Player
Brandon Hampton
as Football Player
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Critic Reviews for Greater

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

While Brandon's own faith never wavers, the film cross-examines Christian pieties and even faith itself to a greater degree than any other faith-based film I can think of.

August 26, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Greater loses its way from the get-go; you can't root for an underdog who is sleepwalking through his own movie.

August 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Just sweet enough and slick enough to appeal to pigskin fans and Christian family audiences.

August 24, 2016 | Full Review…

The life and untimely death of Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth is turned into a one-note sermon in David Hunt's leaden biopic.

August 24, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There have been inspirational football movies in the past, such as Rudy, but what sets Greater apart is the subtlety and power of its faith message.

August 27, 2021 | Full Review…

Along with multiple music montages showing Brandon in training, the movie is cluttered with general churchy fluff.

March 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Greater

Great film, fantastic story.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer

Despite not being a huge sports fan, the fact I'm from Arkansas weighs heavily into me seeing Greater AKA the story of Brandon Burlsworth AKA the story of the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. While I don't typically tend to venture out of my way to screen movies like When the Game Stands Tall, Woodlawn, or My All-American the significance of Burlsworth's story to the only sports team that matters in The Natural State made me feel something of an obligation to see what all the fuss was about. As I imagine those aforementioned films do (none of which I've seen) Greater means to be one part inspirational sports drama and another part inspirational faith-based film. There's nothing innately wrong with this, but movies with such reputations tend to be made on shoestring budgets and with amateur actors that only lessen the credibility of the cheesy sermons and singular perspectives typically conveyed. While Greater is certainly guilty of both of these things and at the same time essentially canonizes its main character the overall effect on this particular viewer, who I again recognize has stronger ties to this story than someone watching it in Vermont, is one that works in the way I imagine the makers of the film hoped it might. Executive produced by and starring Neal McDonough as Burlsworth's older brother, Marty, the film tells the inherently rousing and equally tragic story of Burlsworth's life from the cradle to the grave giving into the pratfalls of most biopics that tend to take this approach. At ten minutes over two hours Greater is a tad lengthy and it shows in certain spots. Not focusing in on some of the more interesting aspects of Burlsworth's journey such as the details and dynamics of how he was able to remain on the team and gain a scholarship ultimately take away from the films opportunity to really zero in on and explore a certain aspect of Burlsworth that might have better explained why he was the type of man this movie tells us he was. That said, director David Hunt (who wrote the script with Brian Reindl) offers some inspired and interesting ways of conveying certain story elements that will have viewers feeling the full weight of the loss of a person such as Burlsworth whether they are a fan of another SEC team or not a fan of the sport at all.

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer

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