MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 447 this week

The Cure (1995)

 -  Drama  -  21 April 1995 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 6,369 users  
Reviews: 64 user | 18 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

G.I. Joe 2 Catches Its Mouse
| Boomtron

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 25 Jan 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Jan 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 11 Feb 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Cure" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Cure (1995)

The Cure (1995) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Cure.
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Cure II (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Christopher James Lopez
Stars: Davi Santos, Christopher James Lopez, Edward Sass III
The Cure (1997)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A troubled young woman often cheats on her husband and wants to leave him. She even contemplates murder. When she is found unconscious with her children murdered, suspicions rise and lives are destroyed.

Director: Gabriel Bologna
Stars: Laura Arieh, Joanne Baron, Francine Bellach
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ferland
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell
Collector (2008)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Justin Sayer suffers from a mental illness which causes vivid hallucinations. The voices in his head have caused him to isolate himself from the world and from his two year old son. After ... See full summary »

Director: Dempsey Tillman
Stars: Matthew Boylan, Brad Renfro
The Client (1994)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the district attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro
Radio Flyer (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.

Directors: Richard Donner, David M. Evans
Stars: Lorraine Bracco, John Heard, Adam Baldwin
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Fabio Segatori
Stars: Antonio Cupo, Bianca Guaccero, Caprice Bourret
Apt Pupil (1998)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joshua Jackson
The Job I (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

CJ is a sexy, cold-blooded assassin who wants to quit the business. She agrees to carry out one last hit, but for the first time in her career as an assassin, she is unable to finish the job.

Director: Kenny Golde
Stars: Daryl Hannah, Brad Renfro, Dominique Swain
Three Wishes (1995)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In an unexplained act of charity, Jeanne Holman, picks up an injured, apparent tramp and takes him home to care for him little realising who he was or the effect he would have on her life and those of her family.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Joseph Mazzello
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A flurry of stories about different students at a local high school after racial tensions erupt.

Director: Tony Smith
Stars: Vicellous Reon Shannon, Brad Renfro, Heather McComb
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cura  »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,568,429 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 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 »

Quotes

Dexter: Where do bugs go to the bathroom?
Erik: It's not on leaves. Not even bugs are stupid enough to shit on their own food.
Dexter: [They make a tea from some found leaves] Tastes like crap.
Erik: No shit, don't you know where bugs go to the bathroom?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Bruce Davison played the character of "Dr. Jenson", but was credited as Dr. Stevens. See more »

Connections

Features Medicine Man (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

My Great Escape
Written and Performed by Marc Cohn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A tale of friendship and hope
29 December 2005 | by (Klagenfurt, Austria) – See all my reviews

The Cure is an outstanding real-life drama that deals with a very sensitive subject. It is the story of the profound and dear friendship between two boys, Eric and Dexter. The latter has acquired AIDS from a blood transfusion. Thus he and his mom (Annabella Sciorra) have become outcasts, shunned by the public and labeled as dangerous company, basically due to a common lack of public knowledge of the disease.

When Eric (Brad Renfro, known from 'The Client' and 'Apt Pupil') and his mom move into the house next to them, he has to deal with public insults and the fear of catching AIDS himself. However, Eric overcomes his fear and risks everything. At first he starts talking to Dexter, but eventually he climbs over the fence and joins the witty boy (played by Jurassic Park's Joseph Mazzello) and his games. Very quickly he develops a real friendship with Dexter, who is delicately built and frail due to his condition.

The central theme of the movie – the theme which makes it pervasively authentic and tragic at the same time – is how Eric and Dexter try to find the ultimate cure. At first they experiment with all kinds of plants and leaves – which is very naive, but also genuine at the same time, as it shows how young kids deal with such heinous diseases and how strongly they still believe in the magic of the world. When they hear about an alleged cure which has been developed in the South, they do not hesitate and take off for an adventure that will bring them even closer together and symbolizes the ultimate quest for hope.

So they board a raft and head southwards on the Mississippi River. What starts as a real adventure becomes a dangerous undertaking, which is emotionally intriguing and instructive at the same time. The scene when Dexter reveals his fears and talks about the end of the universe, where everything is dark and cold, Eric hands him his sneaker, a symbol that wherever the boy may have to go, Eric is and will always be with him; he will never have to be alone. This sequence, which is one of the most compelling ones of the movie, features a very convincing interaction between the two actors, who manage to avoid awkward and corny dialogs and deliver a very genuine performance that is eventually smashing in its tenderness and honesty.

I will not go any further in outlining the plot, as I do not intend to give away too much information. The ending however is emotionally tough and makes the audience so much a part of the tragedy that everyone who watches the movie will feel personally affected. This aspect makes this movie so strong, so outstanding and so convincing. The emotional burden on every character is so real and so thrashing that even the tougher members of the audience might need some hankies.

A 10 is doing justice to this movie and is not too high a rating. There is hardly any other movie I have seen in my life so far that handles such an emotional issue with so much wit and sensibility. It is the story of how two boys make each other's life richer and how they teach each other lessons of life. Thus Dexter overcomes his isolation and sadness, and Eric learns what really counts in life; and both of them realize how much of a gift real friendship is when it comes to the hardest moments of life.

This movie is tragic – but its message is sheer inspiration.


33 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
who didn't cry their eyes out at this movie? aquaholic
other deeply touching movies??? jaguar_clawz
movies about heterosexuals with AIDS faceofdoubt
Spot The Mistakes neiljones1981
Where can i get this movie ?? nelegitim
Southern accent in Minnesota? fluidicmethod
Discuss The Cure (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?