15 certificateThe Greatest is a Film programme that first aired in 2009 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Greatest is a 3 star programme

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The Greatest (2009)

Directed by
Shana Feste

Starry-eyed teenagers Rose (Carey Mulligan) and Bennett (Aaron Johnson) are in the early stages of a blissful relationship, when tragedy strikes and Bennett dies in a car crash. His parents Allen (Brosnan) and Grace Brewer (Susan Sarandon) are grief-stricken, and Grace's distress is intensified when Rose, who the couple have never met, turns up on their doorstep, pregnant with Bennett's child and looking for a place to stay.

Since Bennett's death Grace has wallowed in her grief, analytical Allen has bottled everything up, while their teenage son Ryan (Johnny Simmons) has struggled to process events. Grace is initially cold toward Rose, but Allen begins to bond with the young girl, who gradually helps him and the rest of the Brewer family come to terms with their loss.

A brilliant cast bring both power and subtlety to debut writer/director Feste's emotionally charged drama. A poignant and engaging study of grief, Feste's film doesn't shy away from the unremitting bleakness of loss.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2009

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is The Greatest next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 1 November 2nd, 11:45pm and on BBC 1 London November 2nd, 11:45pm. See more...


Image for Carey MulliganCarey Mulligan...Rose
Image for Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson...Bennett Brewer
Image for Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan...Allen Brewer
Image for Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon...Grace Brewer
Johnny Simmons...Ryan Brewer
Kevin Hagan...Priest
Miles Robbins...Sean Brewer
Image for Cara SeymourCara Seymour...Janis
Ramsey Faragallah...Dr. Shambus
Colby Minifie...Latral
Zoƫ Kravitz...Ashley
Tammy Morris...Toni
Image for Michael ShannonMichael Shannon...Jordan Walker
Dante E. Clark...Dante
Ron Scott...Police Officer