Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  24 October 1987 (Japan)
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A little league player named Chuck refuses to ever pitch again until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Basketball star "Amazing Grace" Smith follows the boy's example, and starts a trend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Alexander ...
Sports Broadcaster
Lynn Taylor
Jim Allen ...
Missile Soldier
Russell (as William L. Petersen)
Red Auerbach ...
Lee Richardson ...
Joshua Zuehlke ...
Chuck Murdock
Michael Bond ...
Alex English ...
Amazing Grace Smith
Steven Bothun ...
Hot Dog
Johnny B. Goode


Chuck Murdock is an all American kid living in a sleepy town in Montana. He is the top pitcher of the little league team as well. After taking a tour of a nuclear silo, Chuck decides to quit playing little league until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Boston Celtic Amazing Grace Smith hears about Chuck's exploits, and decides to do the same thing. Amazing then moves to the young boy's town to live. More athletes follow suit as well. The town begins to hate Chuck and his family, and this makes Chuck's father angry. But can one kid's message make the world listen? Written by Pat McCurry <>

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A boy raised a question, a man answered, and the whole world paid attention. See more »


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24 October 1987 (Japan)  »

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Silent Voice  »

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Film debut of Alex English. See more »


President: [to Chuck about his protest of the nuclear missiles] Now Chuck I can't deny you the right to protest, that's in the first amendment and God forbid that should change. But there's an old saying: "You can't run into a crowded theater and yell fire!"
Chuck Murdock: But, sir, what if there is a fire?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »


Chuck's Lament (A Child's Dream)
Composed & Produced by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash & Joe Vitale
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash
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A good flick for young or old
25 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had a very different take on this movie than the previous commenter. I first watched the movie as an adult, with my 7-ish year old daughter and a couple of friends. Though somewhat simplistic in nature, the themes are pretty deep. I view the movie as a kind of audio-visual poem, a Tale rather than a mere story. Not that it's the best movie of all time (sorry, Lawrence of Arabia gets that award from me), but I always highly recommend it because the core ideas are interesting, and the story is told in such a peaceful, respectful way.

Though the plot is definitely tied to the decades old hostilities between the U.S. and the now-defunct Soviet Union (which fell about 4 years after this film was released), the problem of powerful entities at a stand-off is (sadly) a repeating one.I recommend it for any age, but it's definitely aimed at presenting adult themes to young minds.

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