Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their friendship upon learning of it. When they read that a doctor in distant New Orleans claims to have found a cure for AIDS, the boys leave home on their own, planning to float down the Mississippi river and find him. Written by
Paul Emmons <email@example.com>
Two boys found a way to make one summer last a lifetime.
Did You Know?
Legendary actress and acting coach Nina Foch
was a consultant to director Peter Horton
(credited) and an uncredited acting coach on this film. See more
When Dexter's mum is asking Erik about his girlfriend, he has a tea towel in his hand. In the next shot, the tea towel has disappeared altogether. See more
Have to eat my lunch now.
Why don't you just eat whenever you're hungry?
'Cause if I only ate when I was hungry, I wouldn't be here.
Renée Humphrey's character was named 'Angel', although her tattoo was misspelled as 'Angle', so she's credited as the latter instead of 'Angel'. See more
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