Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Erik, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Erik 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
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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 Erik and Dexter arrive back home in Minnesota via bus, the city and state listed above the bus terminal says "River Falls, Minnesota." There is no such city or town called River Falls, Minnesota. However, there is a River Falls, Wisconsin which is only a 45 minute drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. 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.
Bruce Davison played the character of "Dr. Jenson", but was credited as Dr. Stevens. See more
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