Concussion (2015)

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  • IMDb page: Concussion (2015)
  • Genre: Drama | Sport
  • Release Date: 25 December 2015 (USA)
  • Filming Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Director: Peter Landesman
  • Stars: Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: James Newton Howard   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Concussion | Subconcussive Blow | Head Trauma | Brain Damage | Traumatic Brain Injury

Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Landesman (written by)
  • Jeanne Marie Laskas (article "Game Brain")

Known Trivia

  • Alec Baldwin who plays a Doctor in the film followed and studied several prominent Pittsburgh Doctors while preparing for the film. 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Filmed in Pittsburgh, PA 11 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Adapted from the GQ article “Game Brain”, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas. 11 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Will Smith and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will also star together in the Suicide Squad. 6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Based on a 2009 GQ article 9 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Lupita Nyong’o was offered the role of Prema Mutiso. 6 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Matthew Willig, who has a role in the film, should be all too familiar with the subject matter as he spent 14 seasons playing in the National Football League. 8 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: Will Smith stars in a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player. Full summary » |  »

Story: Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Written bySony Pictures Entertainment

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Produced By:

  • Amal Baggar known as co-producer
  • Elizabeth Cantillon known as producer
  • David Crockett known as executive producer
  • Giannina Facio known as producer
  • Michael Schaefer known as executive producer
  • Ridley Scott known as producer
  • Larry Shuman known as producer
  • David Wolthoff known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Will Smith known as Dr. Bennet Omalu
  • Stephen Moyer known as Dr. Ron Hamilton
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw known as Prema Mutiso
  • Alec Baldwin known as Dr. Julian Bailes
  • David Morse known as Mike Webster
  • Eddie Marsan known as Dr. Steven DeKosky
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje known as Dave Duerson
  • Luke Wilson known as Roger Goodell (rumored)
  • Hill Harper known as Christopher Jones
  • Bitsie Tulloch known as Keana Strzelczyk
  • Richard T. Jones known as Andre Waters
  • Albert Brooks known as Dr. Cyril Wecht
  • Matthew Willig known as Justin Strzelczyk
  • Mike O'Malley known as Daniel Sullivan
  • Arliss Howard known as Dr. Joseph Maroon
  • Sara Lindsey known as Gracie
  • Gary Grubbs known as FBI Agent
  • Britanni Johnson known as Rachel Green
  • Jason Davis known as Mr. Scarborough
  • Samara Lee known as Strzelczyk's Daughter
  • Joe Fishel known as Louisville Football Coach
  • Dan Ziskie known as Paul Tagliabue
  • Alison Moir known as Colleen Bailes
  • Joni Bovill known as Mrs. Scott
  • Patrick Kearns known as NFL Executive
  • Jared Pfennigwerth known as Tech #1
  • Phillip Chorba known as Tech #2
  • Randy Kovitz known as Allan Hirschorn
  • Dan Anders known as College Coach
  • Christopher Boyer known as Crockett
  • Eme Ikwuakor known as Amobi Okoye
  • Cindy Jackson known as Paramedic
  • Wendell Kinney known as NFL Football Player
  • Robert McKay known as Mr. Scott
  • Ben McDonnell known as Young Webster
  • Kevin Jiggetts known as Special Agent #2
  • Nathan Hollabaugh known as Young Reporter
  • Peter Muggleworth known as Boom Mic Operator
  • Da'shawn Thomas known as Football Player
  • Ed Mihalacki known as Louisville Football Coach
  • Cara Clark known as Strzelczyk's Teen Daughter
  • Louis A. Irizarry known as Football Player
  • Dihlon McManne known as Reporter
  • Rocky Paterra known as Jose Rodriguez
  • Jeb Keller known as High School Football Coach
  • Eddie Zorak known as News Reporter
  • Richie Acevedo known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Nateice Aisha known as Church goer (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Augusta known as Business Man (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Nicole Baker known as NYC Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Boch-Wawrzyniak known as NFL Attorney (uncredited)
  • Troy Bogdan known as Retired NFL Player (uncredited)
  • Ralph Browning known as Bar patron (uncredited)
  • Norman Cardaro known as Victim's Family (uncredited)
  • Deborah Charity known as Attorney (uncredited)
  • Tyler Cheman known as Night Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Pearl Childers known as Event Guest (uncredited)
  • Lloyd Crago known as Retired NFL Player (uncredited)
  • Mark Falvo known as NFL Owner (uncredited)
  • Jim Fitzgerald known as Thomas Kincaid's Father (uncredited)
  • Robin Flak known as NFL Owner (uncredited)
  • Joe Gallipoli known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Carmen Gangale known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Trevor Lee Georgeson known as NFL Mourner (uncredited)
  • David Gragg known as Football Coach (uncredited)
  • Robert Graziosi known as NFL Attorney (uncredited)
  • Richard Guesman known as Lawyer / pedestrian (uncredited)
  • James Howard known as NFL owner (uncredited)
  • Kristy Isenberg known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Judge (uncredited)
  • Chris Jameson known as New York Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Limo Driver – West Palm Beach Florida (uncredited)
  • Mike Karban known as Retired Football Player (uncredited)
  • Mike Kuse known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Leonard Lies Jr. known as High School Trainer (uncredited)
  • James Lloyd known as Attorney (uncredited)
  • Scott Lockhart known as Juror #1 / College Coach (uncredited)
  • Kirsten McCain known as NFL Spouse (uncredited)
  • David Dale McCue known as Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Sander McKenzie known as NFL Lawyer (uncredited)
  • F. Robert McMurray known as NFL Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Terri Middleton known as Former NFL Player's Wife (uncredited)
  • Michael Allen Mlynar known as Street Vendor (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as NFL Owner (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Neil known as Birthday Joe, Lab Tech (uncredited)
  • Don Nowacki known as Retired NFL Player (uncredited)
  • Jackson Nunn known as Church Member (uncredited)
  • Rajeev Pahuja known as Retired NFL player (uncredited)
  • Frankie Palombi known as Businessman / Street Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Edward Pfeifer known as Retired NFL Player (uncredited)
  • Dwayne Pintoff known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Laura Polinski known as NFL Employee (uncredited)
  • Eric Rasmussen known as News Crew / NFL Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Electa Rawls known as Woman in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
  • Joshua Elijah Reese known as Graveyard Tech (uncredited)
  • Brent Reichert known as NFL Employee (uncredited)
  • Paul Reiser known as Dr. Elliot Pellman (uncredited)
  • Doug Roberts known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Debbie Scaletta known as NFL Attorney (uncredited)
  • Jeff Seich known as Pittsburgh Police officer (uncredited)
  • David Shurin known as Doctor / Sports Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Kevin Slone known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Jeff Smith known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Will Steckman known as Orderly (uncredited)
  • Van J. Terry known as News Crew (uncredited)
  • Brittney A. Thomas known as Altar Server (uncredited)
  • Kelly Trumbull known as Receptionist (uncredited)
  • Megan Leigh Valentino known as NFL Employee (uncredited)
  • Raymond Wade Jr. known as Press Conference Attendee (uncredited)
  • Mike Walker known as NFL Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Laura Welsh known as Patient (uncredited)
  • James Werley known as NFL Executive (uncredited)
  • Holly Westerman known as NFL Player Widow (uncredited)
  • Dallas White known as News Crew (uncredited)
  • Kym Whitehead known as Sports Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Frank Wilson known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Logan J. Woolfolk known as Street Pedestrian (uncredited)

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  • Pierce Austin known as Hair for mr smith
  • Sherri Bramlett known as key hair stylist
  • Jacenda Burkett known as makeup department head
  • Stacey Butterworth known as wig maker: David Morse, Arliss Howard
  • Kathrine Gordon known as hair department head
  • Winfrey Izear known as hair stylist
  • Nancy Keslar known as hair stylist
  • Candace Orlandi known as additional hair stylist
  • Christopher Patrick known as makeup artist
  • Jason Renner known as additional hair stylist
  • Marianne Skiba known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Maggie Adams known as art department production assistant
  • Jenn Albaugh known as art department coordinator
  • Antonio Andraus known as leadman
  • Jennifer Bechak known as carpenter
  • Ashley 'Brick' Brickman known as painter
  • Edgar Um Bucholtz known as painter
  • Matthew Cavaliero known as property master
  • Jolene Dames known as set dresser buyer
  • Eugene Doyle known as set dresser
  • Chip Eccles known as gang boss
  • Drew Hittie known as Set Designer
  • Anthony Mingo known as carpenter
  • Christina Myal known as assistant art director
  • Samuel Noel known as set dresser
  • Barbie Pastorik known as buyer
  • Brent Peelor known as gang boss
  • Justin Pelissero known as leadman
  • Buster Pile known as construction coordinator
  • Laura Pliskin known as set dec coordinator
  • Donald Lee Rager known as buyer
  • Michael G. Richer known as construction foreman
  • Kim Richey known as assistant property master
  • Kathleen Rosen known as set decoration buyer
  • Christopher St. Pierre known as scenic foreman


Production Companies:

  • Scott Free Productions
  • Shuman Company, The
  • Village Roadshow Pictures

Other Companies:

  • 31st Street Studios  sound studios; production facilities; special effects; production offices
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Bardsley & Associates  script annotation
  • Keslow Camera  camera equipment provided by
  • PIC Agency  titles and graphics
  • Reel Security  production security (uncredited)
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles by

Additional Details


  • Big Picture 2 Films (2015) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2015) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2016) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Universal Pictures International)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2016) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)
  • Westec Media Limited (2015) (Cambodia) (theatrical)

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Special Effects:

  • Mammal Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jamie Dixon known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michelle Eisenreich known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead
  • Michael S. Harbour known as digital effects supervisor: Mammal Studios
  • Justin Jones known as compositing supervisor
  • Julia Jordanova known as digital compositor
  • James Kuroda known as compositing supervisor: Mammal Studios
  • Mike Lasker known as cg supervisor
  • Gregory D. Liegey known as visual effects supervisor: Mammal Studios
  • Jesse Morrow known as compositing supervisor
  • Kaz Tanaka known as color scientist
  • Michele C. Vallillo known as visual effects executive producer: Mammal Studios
  • Andrea Lackey Pace known as executive director of editorial, production services and resources (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language


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