Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac.

Official trailers

Bleecker Street on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 released the trailer:
BRIAN BANKS | Official Trailer.

Story intro

Brian Banks is a 27-year-old former high school football star living with his mother in California. He is currently on probation and registered as a sex offender due to an incident 11 years prior where he and a classmate, Kennisha, sneaked off to kiss. When he overheard teachers approaching, he fled to avoid getting caught, leading the scorned Kennisha to falsely accuse him of raping her. On the advice of his attorney, Banks pled guilty to rape and was sentenced to six years of prison. His childhood dreams of becoming an NFL player are further damaged when new laws require him to wear an ankle bracelet at all times and stay 2000 feet away from schools and public gathering spots, preventing him from playing football, and he has trouble finding legitimate employment due to his criminal record. Banks approaches the California Innocence Project hoping to clear his name, and they advise him to write a plea of habeas corpus to the California legal system to get them to retry him. When this fails, Innocence Project founder Justin Brooks explains that the justice system requires new evidence that incontrovertibly points to his innocence before they will hear his pleas; this excludes DNA evidence, which was taken during the original trial but never used in his defense. Innocence Project lawyers interview several of Banks' former classmates, but their word is not strong enough to cast doubt on Banks' conviction. Banks unexpectedly receives a Facebook friend request from Kennisha, leading him to devise a scheme with several of his friends to trick her into confessing on tape that the rape allegation was fraudulent.


Aldis Hodge
Brian Banks
Greg Kinnear
Justin Brooks
Melanie Liburd
Sherri Shepherd
Xosha Roquemore
Kennisha Rice
Tiffany Dupont
Alissa Bjerkhoel
Jose Miguel Vasquez
District Attorney Mateo
Matt Battaglia
Pete Carroll
Dorian Missick
Mick Randolph
Gino Vento
Manuel Rojas
Jennifer Pierce Mathus
Chen Tang
Harrison Stone
CIP Student
Anthony Nguyen
LBPD Police Officer
Freedom Bridgewater
Baliff (as Freedom)
Mystie Smith
Dean Denton
Coach Jaso
Mary Faulkner
Female Manager
Charles Alexandre
Reporter / Recruiter / Valet
Kevin Yamada
Judge Monk
Monique Grant
Kennisha's Mother
Elisabeth Donaldson
CIP Student
Thursday Farrar
Barbara Ford
Calvin Williams
Vice Principal
Ms. Brittany Bryant
Ava Allen
Jacob Wingfield
Football Fan
Edward Parker
James Andrew Kientzy
Himself - Hero Team Teammate Stunts
Katrina McElyea
Football Fan
Rick Vyper
Los Padrinos Prison Guard
Zeus Luby
Corey Diego
Cyril Smith
Arthur Horton
Rosalyn R. Ross
Reporter #1
David Clyde Carr
Mike Paley
Eric James Schultz
Referee / Assistant Coach
Ashley Brasel
T. Dion Burns
Trent Bounds
Prisoner #3
Jasper Owens
Sideline Football Player
Lucia Heros
Mario Luna
Los Padrinos Prison Guard
Alanna Hamill Newton
Assistant to District Attorney
Crystal Jones
Court Clerk
Torri Yates-Orr
CIP Student
Tima Smith
Syndee Super Fan
Joseph Folks
Prisoner #2
Brandon S.K. Porter
Tari McBride-Palmore
Corey Knox
Team Member
Maurice Woodard
Junior College teammate
Leslie Dianne
Football Fan / Mother
Teresa Golding
Court Room Onlooker
Evelyn Diana Frogge-Chabot
Courthouse Client / Football fan / Fair Goer
Karen Marie Norris
Security Guard
Lucas G. Williams
Elementary Classroom Student
Rachael Alethea
High School Student
Christian Dakota Hampton
Elementary Classroom Student
Megan Warden
David Caffey
Math Teacher
Ryan Breckenridge
Olivia Stokes
CIP Student, Museum Goer
Claire D. Kolheim
CIP Student
Joseph Whitfield
Parolee Administrator
Gabe Beutel-Gunn
CIP Student
Troy Lee Holloway
Inmate weight lifter / Inmate in library
Myron Mays
Prison Guard
Tavis Terry
Police Officer (credit only)
Peyton C. Poole
Juvinile Detention Inmate
Russell Wiseman
Inmate weight lifter
Kyle Carmon
Coffee Shop Patron
Robert Lee Christie
News 6 Cameraman
Johna Jolene Smith
Court Onlooker (as Johna Likins Smith)


The film Brian Banks was scheduled to be released on September 22, 2018 (LAFF) and on August 9, 2019 (United States) by Bleecker Street Media, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and Stage 6 Films.

The duration of the film is 99 minutes. With a budget of $10 million, the film grossed over $4.4 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Brian Banks got high rating from critics.

External links

IMDB: Brian Banks

Wikipedia: Brian Banks (film)

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