Taglines: It’s Not What Stands In Front Of You, It’s Who Stands Beside You.
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.
Only the Brave is a 2017 American biographical action drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, based on the GQ article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn. The film tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew of firefighters who fought the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013, and is dedicated in their memory. It features an ensemble cast, including Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, Jennifer Connelly, Alex Russell, and Ben Hardy.
Principal photography began in New Mexico in June 2016. Only the Brave was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 20, 2017. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise aimed at the cast and the film’s touching tribute to its subjects.
As of December 17, 2017, Only the Brave has grossed $18 million in the United States and Canada, and $5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $23 million, against a production budget of $38 million. In the United States and Canada, Only the Brave was released alongside Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, The Snowman and Geostorm, and was expected to gross around $7 million from 2,575 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $305,000 from Thursday night previews and $2.1 million on its first day. It ended up debuting to $6 million, finishing 5th at the box office. In its second week the film dropped 42.5% to $3.4 million, finishing 7th.
Only the Brave (2017)
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Andie MacDowell, Geoff Stults, Alex Russell, Thad Luckinbill, Jake Picking, Dylan Kenin
Screenplay by: Sean Flynn, Ken Nolan
Production Design by: Kevin Kavanaugh
Cinematography by: Claudio Miranda
Film Editing by: Billy Fox
Costume Design by: Louise Mingenbach
Set Decoration by: Meg Everist
Art Direction by: Marisa Frantz, David Meyer
Music by: Joseph Trapanese
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: October 20, 2017