Patriots Day

Patriots Day Movie

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Patriots Day is an American drama film directed by Peter Berg and written by Berg, Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer, based on the book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Starring Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan, the film is about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt led by Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis.

Principal photography began on March 29, 2016 in Quincy and Boston, Massachusetts. The film will premiere on November 17, 2016 at the AFI Fest, have a limited release on December 21, 2016 and a wide release on January 13, 2017.

About the Production

Principal photography on the film began on March 29, 2016, in Quincy and Boston, with production offices and a soundstage set up in one of the Centennial Park warehouses in Peabody, Massachusetts. Filming was previously scheduled to take place on Laurel Street in Watertown to recreate the shootout that took place between police and the Tsarnaev brothers on actual location, but after objections by residents, town officials denied permission for the film to be shot there.

Then the film crew approached to the officials of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to shoot some scenes at the campus, which was also denied by the chancellor Gerry Kavanaugh. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where the Tsarnaev brothers killed MIT police officer Sean Collier, had granted the film production to shoot “entirely peaceful scenes” on the campus for three days in June, as well as at Collier’s actual house.

The marathon finish line on Boylston Street was duplicated at Naval Air Station South Weymouth in addition to scenes filmed at the real finish line on the day of the 2016 marathon. Dzhokhar’s capture was filmed in Framingham, Massachusetts on its third anniversary. Additional filming was conducted at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on April 14, 2016, and at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts on May 18, 2016.

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Patriots Day

Directed by: Peter Berg
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, Rachel Brosnahan, Lana Condor, John Goodman
Screenplay by: Peter Berg, Matt Cook
Production Design by: Tom Duffield
Costume Design by: Virginia Johnson
Set Decoration by: Ronald R. Reiss
Art Direction by: Steve Cooper
Music by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Studio: CBS Films, Lionsgate Films
Release Date: January 13, 2017

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