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. This seemingly succeeds, and Banks takes the tape to the Innocence Project. However, since Kennisha did not know she was being recorded, the evidence is inadmissible in court. Brooks sends the tape to the media, causing public outcry at the injustice of Banks' situation. Banks' parole officer calls him and warns him that his contact with Kennisha is a parole violation, but gives him until his parole expires before reporting the violation and placing Banks back in prison. Brooks approaches District Attorney Mateo and convinces him that Banks needs a new trial. Banks goes to court, but Kennisha refuses to testify and claims that Banks offered her $20,000 to say he didn't rape her on tape. Mateo and Brooks confront her and eventually get her to say on the record that her claim that Banks bribed her was a lie; this casts enough doubt on Banks' guilt to convince the judge to finally overturn Banks' conviction. Banks cuts off the ankle bracelet and heads to a local park, where he enjoys a game of football with some local children. The final narration reveals that Pete Carroll, a former University of Southern California coach who offered him a scholarship to USC during his high school days, invited him to try out for the Seattle Seahawks; failing to make the team due to his skills atrophying as a result of his extended time in prison, Banks trained hard over the next year and eventually was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.


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


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 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 average rating from critics.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: Brian Banks

Wikipedia: Brian Banks (film)

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