The Blind Side Fact or fiction?

Movie facts

  • Directed by John Lee Hancock, opened in the fall of 2009
  • Stars: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron

The story behind the film

  • Based on book titled "The Blind Side: An Evolution of a Game" by Michael Lewis published in 2006
  • Book describes Oher’s childhood through eyes of his recruiter, principal, football coach, and Tuohys
  • Leigh Anne's faith, compassion, stubborness portrayed in the movie is accurate to the book
  • Memphis was still pretty racist at that time, people judged the Tuohys
BY THE TIME MICHAEL OHER ARRIVED AT BRIARCREST, LEIGH ANNE TUOHY DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING ODD OR EVEN AWKWARD IN TAKING HIM IN HAND. THIS CHILD WAS NEW; HE HAD NO CLOTHES; HE HAD NO WARM PLACE TO STAY OVER THANKSGIVING. - MICHAEL LEWIS

Collins Tuohy describes the moment that the previous scene was based on. (start at 0:37)

  • Other movie scenes used the exact same dialogue as Lewis’s book
  • Movie stays close to the book so “The Blind Side” is generally accurate

Oher's take on the film

  • Oher believed film portrayed him as clueless, a little dumb
  • Wanted the public to know he did understand the game of football
  • I Beat the Odds published after movie came out from his perspective
I felt like it portrayed me as dumb instead of as a kid who had never had consistent academic instruction and ended up thriving once he got it. Quinton Aaron did a great job acting the part, but I could not figure out why the director chose to show me as someone who had to be taught the game of football - Michael Oher
  • Oher’s reputation was strongly impacted by the movie
  • One Panther's teammate wouldn't give up Oher's number because he loved the movie so much
  • First Oher resented the movie, now he has for the most part accepted it

The Impact of "The Blind Side"

  • Brought awareness to widespread issue of poverty and young athletes.
  • Sports Illustrated article: at least 80,000 high school, middle school athletes in U.S. are homeless
  • Team sports provide opportunities for people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, races to come together
The instigator in this instance—and, really, the instigator of every Blind Side story—was a gap between deprivation and comfort, bridged by team sports - Josh levin, Slate

"The Blind Side" goes beyond a single team or a single game to show how a family's love and support gave an athlete marginalized by society the opportunities to succeed.

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Erin Covey
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