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Patriots Day (2016)

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The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

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Peter Berg

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Peter Berg (screenplay), Matt Cook (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Tommy Saunders
Dicky Eklund Jr. ... Young Police Officers
Michael Marchand ... Young Police Officers
Rhet Kidd ... Harrold
John Goodman ... Commissioner Ed Davis
Frank Czarnowski ... Officer Outside Harrold’s Apartment
Christopher O'Shea ... Patrick Downes
Rachel Brosnahan ... Jessica Kensky
Jake Picking ... Officer Sean Collier
Lana Condor ... Li
Jerry Dwyer Jr. ... MIT Grad Students
Patrick Wensing Patrick Wensing ... MIT Grad Students
Michael Chuah Michael Chuah ... MIT Grad Students
Sang-bae Kim Sang-bae Kim ... MIT Professor (as Sangbae Kim)
Michelle Monaghan ... Carol Saunders
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Storyline

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The inside story of the world's greatest manhunt. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Chinese | Arabic

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Día Del Atentado See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,306, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$31,886,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,549,909
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg's nephew, Brandon, is in the scene of the boys playing the video games. See more »

Goofs

When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes into the gas station to buy snacks, the inspection sticker on Dun Meng's 2013 Mercedes ML350 is visible, showing the number 5, which indicates the sticker expires in May. Earlier, Dun Meng indicated that he'd just gotten the vehicle. Massachusetts inspection stickers are good for one year. The events take place in April, so the inspection sticker should not expire in May. It would be plausible if he'd just bought the car in a private sale, since cars have to be inspected within 7 days of registration. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese: I seriously have to quit smoking!
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Alternate Versions

In the German version, the supplement at the end of the movie (where interviews with real life people are shown) was removed because it was deemed too patriotic/pathetic for Non-American viewers. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Michelle Monaghan (2017) See more »

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Cheer
Written by John F. Burns
Performed by Ohio University Marching 110
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Respectful account of the Boston bombing
30 September 2017 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

The day is 15 April 2013; the place is Boston; the occasion is the annual marathon. As we all know, two radicalised Chechen immigrants, Dzhokhar (Alex Wolff) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Themo Melikidze), set off two bombs which killed three people and injured several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs.

This film is a very workmanlike and respectful, almost documentary-style, account of the eve of the event, the bombing itself, and tracking down of the assailants in a tense five-day manhunt. Mark Wahlberg, reuniting with the director for the third film in a row, is Boston detective Tommy Saunders, a composite of several real people, while Kevin Bacon plays FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers.

For writer and director Peter Berg, following "Lone Survivor" and "Deep Water Horizon", "Patriots Day" can be seen as the third part of his unofficial Americans-in-crisis trilogy which probably play better for US audiences than overseas, but manage to combine information with entertainment.

This time round, the viewer cannot fail to be struck by the complexity and sophistication of modern-day surveillance and forensic technologies. If only these technologies could prevent terrorist incidents (without too much of a sacrifice of our privacy and freedoms) as well as find those who have just committed such an atrocity.


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