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The Greatest (2009)

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A drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl, and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son.

Director:

Shana Feste

Writer:

Shana Feste
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Mulligan ... Rose
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Bennett Brewer (as Aaron Johnson)
Pierce Brosnan ... Allen Brewer
Susan Sarandon ... Grace Brewer
Johnny Simmons ... Ryan Brewer
Kevin Hagan Kevin Hagan ... Priest
Amy Morton ... Lydia
Deirdre O'Connell ... Joyce
Miles Robbins ... Sean Brewer
Cara Seymour ... Janis
Ramsey Faragallah ... Dr. Shamban
Jennifer Ehle ... Joan
Colby Minifie ... Latent
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Cheryl
Zoë Kravitz ... Ashley
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Storyline

Teenagers Rose and Bennett were in love, and then a car crash claimed Bennett's life. He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out she's pregnant, she winds up at the Brewer's door. She needs their help, and although they can't quite admit it, they each need her so they can begin to heal. Written by napierslogs

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

The Greatest Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Pour l'amour de Bennett See more »

Filming Locations:

Rockland, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,616, 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$115,862, 25 April 2010
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shana Feste wrote the script over three months while working as a nanny in Southern California. See more »

Goofs

When Allen is in the lecture theater, the writing on the blackboard behind him switches a few times from saying 'maths 220' to 'maths'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bennett Brewer: All right, I have a secret to tell you.
Rose: You're in the middle of the road.
Bennett Brewer: I know. Do you wanna hear it?
Rose: Do you want to move your car first?
Bennett Brewer: No, not really. I just wanna tell you one more thing.
Rose: All right.
[takes a Polaroid picture of him]
Bennett Brewer: What? That's not gonna be good.
Rose: [laughing] Okay, tell me.
[...]
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Key Largo
Performed by Bertie Higgins
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Treasure your family before its too late
21 February 2010 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a family who grief over the loss of their son in a traffic accident. This process is complicated by the unexpected arrival of a teenage girl who claims to have their son's unborn child.

"The Greatest" is powerful and touching. The mother, played by the amazing Susan Sarandon, is relentless in knowing the truth about her son's final moments. She gives such a moving performance that anyone gets saddened by her tragic loss. Carey Mulligan also deserves mention, as she displays a spectrum of convincing emotions effortlessly. Judging by the stream of great movies she is in, she will be a big star and Hollywood knows it.

"The Greatest" is a powerful story that moves anyone easily. As Susan Sarandon's character says, once your child is born, a woman knows that her child is the greatest. It is easy to relate to this statement, and yet everyone seems to be forgetting to celebrate this fact. As this film shows, you never know what you have got until its gone. "The Greatest" is a powerful reminder that you should treasure your family before its too late.


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