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The Cure (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 April 1995 (USA)
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Erik, a loner, finds a friend in Dexter, an eleven-year-old boy with AIDS. They vow to find a cure for AIDS together and save Dexter's life in an eventful summer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aeryk Egan ...
Delphine French ...
Mona Powell ...
Andrew Broder ...
Tyler's Buddy
Tyler's Buddy #2
Rosemary Corman ...
Elderly Woman in Street
T. Mychael Rambo ...
Garbageman #1
Garbageman #2
Delia Jurek ...
Angry Woman
Fran Korba ...
Elderly Women in Market
Skipper #1 (as John Lynch)


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 Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cura  »

Box Office


$2,568,429 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 find Pony's stash of money, it's full of twenties. The next day, when Erik steals it, it's full of ones. See more »


Erik: Dexter was laughing his ass off.
Dr. Jenson: Oh, that's what happened to it. I thought he was just on a diet.
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Crazy Credits

Renée Humphrey is credited as Angle instead of Angel. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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User Reviews

Incredible film, acting is superb
15 October 1998 | by (In shame (2005 update)) – See all my reviews

The Cure is a great movie, the only drawback being the short length. The acting is amazing and the direction is great. Joseph Mazzello (Radio Flyer, Shadowlands) and Brad Renfro (The Client) delivered career best (and still best) performances and Annabella Sciorra (Hand that Rocks the Cradle) was good playing Dexter's (Mazzello) mom.

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