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Safety (2020)



Critic Consensus: Fans of uplifting sports dramas will find Safety in this skillfully told fact-based story about an athlete overcoming adversity.

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"Safety" is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).


Matthew Glave
as Coach Bowden
Luke Tennie
as Solomon
Rhoda Griffis
as Orientation Leader
Amanda Warren
as Tonya McElrathbey
Jay Reeves
as Ray Ray McElrathbey
Tom Nowicki
as Dr. Matthews
Brett Rice
as Gregory Diamond
James DuMont
as Mike Ferro
IronE Singleton
as Coach Butch Hassey
Kurt Yue
as Academic advisor
Miles Burris
as Ron Keller
Robert Crayton
as Special Team Coach Brett Slade
Victor McCay
as Mr. Potts
Joe Knezevich
as Principal Estrin
Katelyn Farrugia
as Clemson Soccer Player
Alzie Williams
as Clemson Football Player
Victor Rivera
as Equipment Manager
Rachael Thompson
as Young Mother
Alexandre Chen
as Landlord - Mr Chen
Alexandra Bartee
as Volleyball Player
Matthew Atchley
as Social Worker
Anniston Almond
as Little Girl 1
Caleb T. Thomas
as 11 Year Old Kid Football Player
Samuel Smith
as Ray's Father
William J. Harrison
as Health Group Leader
Quasheem D. Herring
as Clemson Football Trainer
Mike Whaley
as Officer Blake
Christine A. Jordan
as Clemson Student
Clay Chappell
as Pastor Olmstead
Eric Wallace
as Clemson Football Player
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8)

The film that exists may fill in some temporary vacuum in a season without capacity-level crowds on Saturday nights and evenings. But those who want something more may have to wait a little longer.

December 11, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Even with its clear weaknesses, Safety is an uplifting film about the unbreakable bonds in communities and teams, and between brothers.

December 11, 2020

This fact-based Disney+ movie presents a story that's stirring enough to predictably eke across the goal line as an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser, even if it's playing on a venue without crowds.

December 11, 2020 | Full Review…
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A good movie, with a good heart, even though you don't trust the screenplay.

December 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Overly sentimental traps line the plot of the film... But it scores points for giving its lead characters complicated situations, emotional depth and political dimension.

December 11, 2020 | Full Review…

That McElrathbey's life doesn't fit the mold of your average inspiring sports movie is a good thing because it allows "Safety" to show that winning off the field is much more important than on.

December 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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