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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Film debut of Alex English. See more »


Hot Dog: [about Mad Dog the linebacker] Do you know what a linebacker is?
Carolyn: No.
Hot Dog: Well, uh
[indicating Mad Dog the linebacker]
Hot Dog: , that's a linebacker.
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One of the best Kid's Movies ever
6 April 2005 | by (Cherry Hill, NJ) – See all my reviews

Provided you are capable of a "willful suspension of disbelief" regarding the implausible plot premise, this is a delightful movie. Truly one of the best kid's movies of all-time (right up there with "The Sandlot").

This movie combines some well-known stars (Gregory Peck, Jamie Lee Curtis, and William Peterson) with some surprising debuts (Joshua Zuehlke as Chuck and former NBA great, Alex English, as Amazing).

The story is heart-warming, with some genuine tear-jerkers, and the closing is uplifting (though a tad predictable). There are some surprises, a few quotable lines, and lots of inspiring moments.

I can't recommend this enough, if you want to believe that anyone can make a difference in this mixed-up world of ours.

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