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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 ([email protected])

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,002,665, 22 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,340,051, 28 January 2018
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Trivia

Before Geoff Stults was in this movie as a Granite Mountain Hotshot he portrayed a fireman on the WB/CW's 7th Heaven in the shows sixth season 2001-2002. See more »

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In the opening scenes the helicopter refills from a nearby swimming pool, but when they release the water over the fire, it comes out muddy. See more »

Quotes

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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Copperhead Road
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Steve Earle
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Towering Inferno meets The Tree of Life
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

"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."

First rate intense performances with few exceptions from all the main players.

This is a gut-wrenching yet compelling drama.

As the concluding credits are about to start the roll call at the end reveals the real bravery of those being portrayed:

9/10.


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