Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: August 12, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal - August 12, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
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When former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS at just 34, they gave him no more than five years to live. Steve embarked on a courageous personal journey to fight the illness, recording a heartfelt video journal along the way as a time capsule for his newborn son.

Using Steve's videos, including emotional footage of Steve's wedding and his career as a football star, as well as personal anecdotes from his wife, family, close friends and caregivers, director Clay Tweel relates the devastating impact of Steve's terminal condition in real time, as Steve has to acclimate himself to a wheelchair when the symptoms of ALS begin to worsen.

Director: Clay Tweel
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Seth Gordon, Mary Rohlich
Screenplay: Clay Tweel, Seth Gordon

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  • 4 stars "The best documentary in recent memory. Most unusual sport/medicine story that in any family is absolutely harrowing. Here, the viewer gets inescapably pulled into the movie. The clips of the central figures talking into the camera and the way the cinematographers use space during shooting makes the viewer part of the scene. This is intimate and at times very uncomfortable. Lots of raw emotion: sadness, frustration, anger, but also love, joy and gratitude. Can't do the picture Justice. Really a stand alone movie."
  • 4 stars "You are on the roller coaster of life. I teared up at least six times. It puts all your problems into context. Unbelievable how strong the families are. Only negative would be it is a little to winded. I was getting itchy to leave over the last ten minutes or so."
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