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Mark Wahlberg Stars in PATRIOTS DAY, the Powerful and Emotional Action-Thriller Arriving on Digital HD March 14 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, and DVD March 28 from Lionsgate and CBS Films.

Witness the heroism behind one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history in the critically acclaimed film Patriots Day, arriving on Digital HD March 14 and 4k Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand March 28 from Lionsgate and CBS Films. Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) and Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (Best Supporting Actor, The Departed, 2006) reunite in this intense and courageous story of a tragedy that shocked the nation. Patriots Day is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics raving that it is a moving tribute that “showcases the bravery and heart of everyday heroes” ( and features an all-star cast including Golden Globe® winner Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Golden Globe® winner John Goodman (Argo), Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor, Whiplash, 2014) and Golden Globe® nominee Michelle Monaghan (TV’s “True Detective”). Story by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Screenplay by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer.

Based upon the dramatic real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, this powerful action-thriller follows Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) as he joins brave survivors, first responders, and investigators in a race against time to find the bombers before they strike again. Directed by Peter Berg and featuring a stellar cast, Patriots Day is a stirring tribute to the Boston community’s strength and courage in the face of adversity.

The Patriots Day 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD releases have over 90 minutes of bonus material including five behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” tells the true stories of three first responders, “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” reveals, through the eyes of the cast and crew, how a city that was challenged by tragedy rose above it to thrive; “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” highlighting the real heroes from the marathon bombing; “The Cast Remembers,” featuring Mark Wahlberg and the cast discussing what drew them to the film; “Researching the Day,” showing how Peter Berg worked with an FBI technical advisor and researcher to tell this story as accurately as possible, as well as a two-part series showing the actors meeting their real-life counterparts. The Patriots Day DVD bonus material includes the “Researching the Day” as well as”Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” featurettes. Patriots Day will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.


Mark Wahlberg speaks during a news conference before he attends the Hy-Vee Homefront fundraiser and Patriots Day movie screening on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Hy-Vee’s corporate headquarters in West Des Moines.

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Here’s something Oscar voters and regular folks probably don’t think they’ll want or need this year: a movie all but guaranteed to make them cry.

Yet it’s coming, anyway: “Patriots Day,” a film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, a Beantown son, as a police officer. The film nabbed the closing-night slot at the American Film Institute festival in November, landed on the National Board of Review’s Top 10 list, and opens on Dec. 21, prime time for awards.

For a picture that some feel is arriving too soon, or that risks being exploitative or worse, “Patriots Day” stands, on the one hand, to be unintentionally well timed. At a recent screening in Manhattan, as audience members gasped their way through tears, it became clear that the film got at something more elemental than tragedy: It captured the purity of the altruistic outpouring that came in the bombings’ wake. Sniffling away, the Bagger couldn’t help wondering, might this be a film that makes both blue hearts and red hearts crack open, and proves a unifier of sorts?

Then again, we are living in times when the very definition of “patriot” is deeply contested and fraught, when the word alone often causes liberal neck hair to stand on end.

“Patriots Day” is Mr. Berg and Mr. Wahlberg’s third film together, after this year’s “Deepwater Horizon,” about the deadly 2010 oil explosion and spill, and the 2013 “Lone Survivor,” about a disastrous war mission. All three neatly fit the definition of what Rolling Stone describes as the “neo-patriotic blockbuster”: movies whose heroes wear blue collars rather than cowboy hats or capes.

“These are films that seek to whitewash America,” Corey Atad wrote in Esquire, “boosting the virtue of pure patriotism, fashioning an uncomplicated reality for an audience tired of feeling like their country is being lost to liberal pussyfooting and terrorist threats.” Also in that category is Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated box-office hit “American Sniper,” which became such a partisan flash point two years ago — lefties deemed it pro-war propaganda; righties saw it as a patriotic masterpiece — that some liberals who consider themselves open and tolerant refused to see it outright.

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EXCLUSIVE: In their third collaboration after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg turn their ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances storytelling to Patriots Day. Few have made more memorable Boston-based films than Wahlberg, whose list includes The Perfect Storm, The Departed, The Fighter, Ted and its sequel. Here, they discuss their storytelling responsibility after pressing a community to relive a tragedy so they could turn it into a permanent document of courage and resilience. And, with yet another inherently Boston movie under his belt, and being the only homegrown actor to have shot scenes with the city’s two reigning sports deities — Tom Brady and David Ortiz — has Wahlberg eclipsed fellow Bostonians Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as the city’s favorite movie son?

DEADLINE: When Patriots Day was first proposed, you had to fear the feeling of, here comes Hollywood to exploit a tragedy. Explain the back and forth that led to both of you making this film.

PETER BERG: There were two things working in our favor. First was Mark, bringing me into the community and introducing me to so many of the people who were affected. The victims and their families, the survivors, the police. It made the actual practical telling of the story so important, the who did what, and where. In doing that, we talked a lot about lines of taste and decorum. We would work very hard to not cross that line. You can’t always articulate what that line is, but you know when you cross it. That was a big responsibility we had to work with. The other issue, and the reason we really wanted to make the film, was we didn’t want to see an action movie. This was not a Jason Bourne-type film. This had to be about something else.

DEADLINE: It works as a thriller, though, because of its procedural approach and ticking clock.

BERG: It is all those things but for me, it really could serve as an example of how we process this new reality, the world we live in. Where we wake up, turn on the news, and we’re not surprised to see there has been another terrorist act. I wanted to make a film that, as much as it had that procedural, ticking-clock thriller stuff, was a look at how a community survives something like this. The idea that love can still win, that good can beat evil. These were themes that were very important to me after Mark brought me into this community and we started doing the research.

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Special Boston screening of Patriots Day at Wang Theatre on December 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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“For Mark to take the lead and say we’re going to tell your story, we’re going to do it with respect, and we really do everything we can to look you in the eye when you see the film and feel that we got it right,” said Patriots Day director Peter Berg at The Contenders Presented by Deadline of star and Boston native Mark Wahlberg and their film about the fatal bombing of April 15, 2013 during the city’s annual marathon. “For Mark to do that, took a lot of guts,” Berg added to a packed DGA last month.

Reunited for their third film together after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, Berg and Wahlberg passionately discussed the December 21 opening movie and their own qualms and resolve about making it.

“For awhile, we kind of debated it back and forth that it was too soon,” said Wahlberg, who both stars and is an executive producer on Patriots Day. “But then we realized that with all the stuff that’s going on in the world, if you look at Orlando, if you look at Paris if you look everywhere all over the world, it’s really not soon enough because this is a message about love and hope and people coming together.”

Going wide on January 13, the up-close and fast paced CBS Films feature chronicles the attack that killed three people and maimed hundreds and the manhunt by law enforcement to find those responsible. Co-starring with Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy Q. Yang and John Goodman, Wahlberg plays the fictional Sgt. Tommy Saunders of the BPD. Themo Melikidze and Alex Wolff portray bombers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Jahar Tsarnaev, with Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist as the wife of the former.


Mark Wahlberg attends the AFI Closing Night Screening of “Patriot’s Day” at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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“Patriots Day,” the movie about the Boston Marathon bombings starring Mark Wahlberg, has scored the coveted closing-night slot at next month’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles.

The choice by the American Film Institute to screen director Peter Berg’s movie could be a sign that “Patriots Day” will be an Oscar contender. Last year’s AFI closer was director Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” which went on to receive five Academy Award nominations.

The early word on “Patriots Day” has been positive, with reporting that response to a recent test screen in Las Vegas was “through the roof.”

“‘Patriots Day’ is a moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit, the heroes of Boston and our nation’s capacity to unify in the wake of the unimaginable,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest director, in a statement.

Filmed in and around Boston last spring, “Patriots Day” tells the story of the explosions that killed three and injured hundreds more at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, as well as the manhunt that followed. In addition to Wahlberg, who plays a Boston cop, the cast includes John Goodman as former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, J.K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, and Michelle Monaghan as a nurse.

The film opens in Boston, New York, and LA on Dec. 21 and everywhere else on Jan. 13. The film’s official premiere will be in Boston sometime in December.

Also Wednesday, producers of the movie released a short video about their desire to tell the story without sensationalizing it. Before filming a scene inside the apartment of slain MIT patrol officer Sean Collier, for example, it was suggested to Berg that perhaps the walls, which were pink, should be re-painted. The director said no. He wanted everything as it was. “The truth matters in a situation like this,” Walhberg says in the video.  []

Patriots Day stars Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders, a police sergeant at the centre of the terrorist attack that occurred in April 2013, a day that saw three civilians killed and 264 others injured. The character is a composite of various people involved that day. Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, JK Simmons and Michelle Monaghan also star.

The film reunites Wahlberg with Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg. While the fact-based disaster drama received positive reviews, it failed to connect with audiences and made just $20m in its first weekend.

“I think police, of late, are getting too much of a bad rap,” Berg said to the Boston Globe. “Several questionable – or pretty clearly bad – actions by cops are tarnishing the entire profession. But what happened in this city in the 105 hours after the explosions is an example of the very best of law enforcement, and without being cliche or overly simplistic, I think we can explore that in this film.”

It’s the first of two films set to be released about the events, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as Jeff Bauman in Stronger, hitting cinemas next year. Bauman lost both of his legs in the bombing and the film will detail his adjustment to a new life. A third film was also announced in 2014, originally set to star Casey Affleck, but the star has since dropped out.

Patriots Day will open on 21 December in major cities, including Boston, and nationwide on 13 January.


Posters may have the hardest job in all of movie marketing. How do you explain to an audience what an entire film is about in only a single image? Well, when everybody already knows the subject matter, it means you can focus on making that one image say a great deal. Mark Wahlberg’s new film Patriot’s Day tells the story of what happened after the Boston Marathon bombing, and its poster is both beautiful and chilling.

The attack on the Boston Marathon in 2013, one of the most well-known sporting events in the nation, resonated with millions of people. As such, it became a rallying cry for unity and patriotism, as other events in the past have also done. The Patriots Day poster gives that feeling of national unity, while also remembering where the event took place, by giving us a makeshift American flag, made from the laces of running shoes. The poster doesn’t explicitly tell you what it’s about, many, especially those in the Boston area, don’t need to be reminded, the rest of us don’t need to think too long to figure it out.

Along with the poster, CBS Films also released a new synopsis of Patriots Day:

In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant TOMMY SAUNDERS (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent RICHARD DESLAURIERS (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner ED DAVIS (John Goodman), Sergeant JEFFREY PUGLIESE (J.K. Simmons) and nurse CAROL SAUNDERS (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.

Patriots Day is going all out in an attempt to truly capture the events of that time period. Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz, who gave a memorable, and viral, speech following the suspects arrest, will actually recreate his speech for the film, in order to add a layer of additional authenticity to the film.

Patriots Day is one of two upcoming films that will deal with the Boston Marathon Bombing. While the Mark Wahlberg film will focus on the manhunt for the suspects that followed the traumatic event, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Strong will deal more with how the attack impacted the people of Boston on a more personal level.

Patriots Day is scheduled for a limited release this December, before seeing its wide release in January of 2017. It’s clear Patriots sees itself as a major Oscar contender, as many films based on real life events tend to be. It’s certainly looking to tug at our heart strings this holiday season.


Mark Wahlberg was spotted at the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street early Monday morning filming scenes for the Boston Marathon bombing movie, “Patriots Day.”

Wahlberg, who was dressed in Boston police gear, plays a composite of several different Boston police officers who were on duty during the blasts.

Wahlberg said recently he feels “huge pressure to get this right, but we’re committed to doing that.”

“Patriots Day” has been filming scenes in Weymouth, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain in recent weeks.

Tom Meagher, who has been making sure everything is in place at the finish line for 20 years, said there was a slight impact from the filming this time around.

“It’s different, but they make adjustments and we make a little bit of adjustments,” he said. But he’s not worried about the film — Meagher said Monday is all about the runners.

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Actor Mark Wahlberg was spotted Wednesday in Quincy filming scenes for the upcoming movie “Patriots Day,” which depicts the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings.

Quincy Police posted a photo of Wahlberg, a Dorchester native, waving to a crowd of onlookers near the set.

Filmmakers set up in the Merrymount neighborhood of Quincy this week to shoot scenes, which focus on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture.

Wahlberg will star in the movie as Sgt. Tommy Saunders.

John Goodman will play Ed Davis, the former Boston Police Commissioner and current WBZ-TV security analyst. J.K. Simmons is set to portray Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese.

Watertown officials and campus leaders at UMass Dartmouth declined the opportunity to host the film crew.

Some scenes will be filmed on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, though none depicting the murder of MIT Officer Sean Collier.

A release date has been set for Dec. 21 for theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a wider release on Jan. 13, 2017.

Patriots Day is being produced by WBZ’s sister company CBS Films.


Parts of the upcoming movie based on the Boston Marathon bombings will be filmed in Weymouth, Massachusetts, following denied requests to film on actual locations in which the events played out.

‘Patriots Day,” which stars Boston native Mark Wahlberg, will be filmed in part on the runway of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, according to the Boston Globe. Film crews are working to build a streetscape there.

Producers of the movie recently were denied a request for permission to film on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended.
Tsarnaev, then a student at UMass Dartmouth, returned to his dormitory after placing improvised explosive devices near the finish line with his brother, Tamerlan, killing three people and injuring dozens more on April 15, 2013.

Watertown, where a gun battle with the Tsarnaevs took place, also turned down a request to film, The film’s producers had hoped to recreate the shootout that happened there, but Town Manager Michael Driscoll said last week that filming was “not in the best interest” of the town.

A warehouse in Peabody is also being used for the film’s production.


Town manager Michael Driscoll and producers said they decided they wouldn’t film a scene for “Patriots Day” on the streets where police pursued the Tsarnaev brothers.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Producers of a Mark Wahlberg movie about the deadly Boston Marathon bombing won’t be recreating the police shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in the neighborhood where it happened.

Watertown Town Manager Michael Driscoll says it was decided filming the scene for Patriots Day on those streets wouldn’t be in the town’s best interest. He said Friday producers will choose another location.

The April 2013 confrontation resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught, tried and sentenced to death. He has apologized to victims.

Producers have regularly said they’re willing to shoot elsewhere. They’ve asked for permission to film at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended.

A university spokesman tells New Bedford’s The Standard-Times officials want to ask students before deciding.


Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg — who are in town (Boston) to film “Patriots Day,” their movie about the Boston Marathon bombing — will be the special guests at the third annual Boston Police Foundation Gala at the Westin Waterfront on March 5. They’ll help present the Hero Award to Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot while on duty last March.


Preliminary work has begun on two Hollywood films dealing with the Boston Marathon bombings. Actor Mark Wahlberg has been in town this week to spend time with Danny Keeler, the real-life Boston cop he’ll play in “Patriots Day.” Among the stops Wahlberg, the movie’s director Peter Berg, and Keeler made Wednesday was the Eire Pub in Dorchester. The night before, we’re told, Wahlberg met with the family of Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed in the April 15, 2013, bombings. Keeler is a veteran Boston Police detective who was in command at the marathon finish line and was instrumental in the subsequent hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.

PHOTO ABOVE:  Actor Mark Wahlberg outside the Eire Pub in Dorchester, where he had lunch with director Peter Berg and Boston Police Detective Danny Keeler, whom Wahlberg will play in the movie “Patriots Day.”  Photo credit to Bill Brett for the Boston Globe.