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The Blind Side – great football story filmed in Atlanta

Posted on: July 5, 2010

Southerners love a good story.  Add in college football along with family ties and you can’t go wrong.  That’s the recipe for the Sandra Bullock film, “The Blind Side.”  And if some streets look familiar, it’s because Atlanta was the filming location, as a stand-in for Memphis.

The Murphy Library is showing “The Blind Side” on Thursday at 6 p.m.  It also stars Tim McGraw and newcomer Quinton Aaron.  It is rated PG-13 and runs 129 minutes. 

Aaron plays Michael Oher, a 6’10”  homeless African American teenager who is offered a place in a private white high school in his hometown of Memphis.  The football coach wants the big kid on his team.  But he lacks the skills to make it either on the field or in the classroom.  And the only student who will be his friend is young S.J. Tuohy.   Then S. J.’s mom (Bullock) sees  “Big Mike” walking near the school late one night, finds out he’s homeless, and makes him spend one safe night in their house.  Then another.  And another.

Filming was done at Atlanta’s Agnes Scott College, Atlanta International School, the Westminster Schools, the Hurt Building, Grant Park, in Buckhead and at an East Atlanta housing project.  And special appearances by college football coaches included Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Houston Nutt, Tommy Tuberville, Phillip Fulmer and Ed Orgeron.

Call the library at 837-2417.


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