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The Cure (1995)

 -  Drama  -  21 April 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Tyler
Delphine French ...
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Mona Powell ...
Tyler's Girlfriend
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Rosemary Corman ...
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T. Mychael Rambo ...
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Garbageman #2
Delia Jurek ...
Angry Woman
Fran Korba ...
Elderly Women in Market
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Skipper #1 (as John Lynch)
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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 <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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aids | mississippi | friendship | river | candy | See more »

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Two boys found a way to make one summer last a lifetime.

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Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic elements, and for language | See all certifications »

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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A Cura  »

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$2,568,429 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When they are on the river sailing to New Orleans, you see the same smoke stack in the background, even though days have passed. See more »

Quotes

Dexter: Have to eat my lunch now.
Erik: Why don't you just eat whenever you're hungry?
Dexter: 'Cause if I only ate when I was hungry, I wouldn't be here.
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Awesome Story, Incredible Production
14 March 2005 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I remember when this film came out, and watched it a few times on VHS. I was so glad when it was FINALLY released on DVD. I was hoping for widescreen, but at the point would take what was available. I love how they used color in the film, the outdoor scenes are so alive with color. The trees are the greenest I've ever seen. Most of the film was shot in Stillwater, Minnesota, a beautiful town located on the St. Croix River. They must have really scouted locations for filming, because they did a great job. The story is well written, and directed. I would rate this as one of Peter Horton's best. I'm also surprised that Andrew Dintenfass (the director of photography) hasn't done more. He did an incredible job. The acting also rates up there. It's amazing to see two actors of such a young age pull off this type of film. Annabella Sciorra did a great job as Dexter's mother. Who wouldn't want her as a mother.


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