Posted on Dec 13, 2016
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From Patriots Day:
From acclaimed director Peter Berg (“Deepwater Horizon,” “Lone Survivor”) and Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (“The Departed,” “Lone Survivor”), CBS Films and Lionsgate present “Patriots Day.” Based on true events, “Patriots Day” is a powerful story of a community’s extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. An account of the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, the tension-packed dramatic thriller chronicles in detail one of the most sophisticated and well-coordinated manhunts in law enforcement history.

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing shattered lives and tested the fabric of the American spirit. But in its wake, an entire city came together to bring the perpetrators to justice before they could inflict further damage. Rather than give themselves over to panic and fear, the citizens of Boston banded together, choosing solidarity over divisiveness in pursuit of a common enemy.

From RP Staff:
There's a chance that Director Peter Berg and Sgt Jeff Pugliese might visit us at RP to answer some of your questions about the film. In advance of our discussion with them, let us know what you would ask if you could be here with us!

RallyPoint is honored to continue to support Lionsgate on this latest film. To learn more about the movie and its beneficiaries, click here: http://www.patriotsdayfilm.com/
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Cpl Tim Callahan
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Did you cast anyone in the movie that was hurt by the horrific Boston Marathon Bombing?
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Peter Berg
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We did. We had extras on Boylston St when we recreated the bombing who were on Boylston St the day of.
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LCDR Rich Bishop
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Did you incorporate how they got radicalized? How social media played a part in there radicalization, how social media helped law enforcement and how some people scammed people on social media to donate funds? Was there any NSA surveillance support?
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PO1 Kerry French
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LCDR Rich Bishop - I am betting that they got what we call radicalized through the Internet listening to extremist fundamental orthodox imams Who were telling them they could go straight to paradise by waging jihad against the infidels and that they would get 72 houries and that 70 of their family members would also be able to go to paradise because of their act.
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Cameron Daly
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No but it's not supposed to be a documentary. Although most likely there were people at the bombing there as extras. There was a very good documentary done on the bombing which has a ton of survivors on HBO. Patriot's Day had some exaggerated scenes (mainly in the shootout with the police) for dramatic effect, but otherwise a great movie. BTW I'm from Boston born and raised, my little sister was at the corner of Mass Ave and Boylston during the bombings (unhurt).
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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RP Member and Connections check out this RP Team Discussion and let's get some great questions out to Peter Berg and Sgt Jeff Pugliese, so we can get some awesome responses. Let's make it happen!




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Lynda Key
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I haven't been able to see this yet.
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PO2 Steven Hardy
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GySgt Melissa Gravila - Mark Wahlberg said in an interview that he wanted them to get it "right".
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GySgt Melissa Gravila
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PO2 Steven Hardy - thank you, because of my job, I don't watch too much TV- I appreciate you catching me up!
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PO2 Steven Hardy
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GySgt Melissa Gravila - I don't watch TV at all. Hell, I don't even own one. I read the interview online.
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I noticed you all have set up a charity campaign for Patriots Day. I’m not sure if I’ve really ever heard of many motion pictures that have donated money to particular causes, even if those causes were the focus of the film! What's your favorite part about being able to support so many first responders around Boston?

Ps. This is really amazing. A friend of mine’s father is one of the first responders in this photo; I’m excited to tell her about your great effort and more excited his team will be receiving some extra help for all the good they do! Thank you!
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Peter Berg
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This movie was inspired by the actions of the community but really by the first responders - medics, hospital workers. Supporting them is the best part.
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Just a note...Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were MAJOR donors to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA after making Saving Private Ryan.
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