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Chaindance (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 28 May 1992 (USA)
As a part of a special government reform program, inmate J.T. Blake has to take care of Johnny Reynolds who has cerebral palsy. In the meantime, another inmate wants to take care of J.T. Blake forever.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Andersen ...
R. Nelson Brown ...
Norman Browning ...
Leslie Carlson ...
Ilene Curtis
Russell Ferrier ...
Deryl Hayes ...
Policeman outside Bar
Janet Hodgkinson ...
Resident in Cafeteria
J.T. Blake
Michael A. Jackson ...
Black Lady
Lee Jeffery ...
Guard #2


A prison decides that the best way to rehabilitate a particularly troublesome prisoner is to chain him to the wheelchair of a rebellious, bad-tempered young man with cerebral palsy. The government rationale behind this is three fold. First it will help a terribly understaffed nursing home. Second, being chained to a handicapped person may inspire caring in the prisoner and third, it could help to toughen up the patients... Written by Anonymous

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They had nothing in common but their desire to break free. See more »


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28 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Nick Nolte and John Hurt were originally considered for the roles of J.T. Blake and Johnny, respectively. See more »


Johnny: I think I'm in love
J.T. Blake: You're in lust.
Johnny: I'll call it what I want.
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Written by e.e. cummings
Copyright © 1931, 1959 by e.e. cummings
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A powerful, brilliantly made, and very underrated film
2 December 1998 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

An amazingly under-rated film that has been unfairly ignored by many, I would definitely count this among the best films of 1990. Driven by a thought-provoking plot and the surprisingly powerful performances of Michael Ironside and Brad Dourif, and a fine supporting turn by Rae Dawn Chong, this movie is definitely worth a look if you happen to notice it on the video store shelf.

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