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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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Aeryk Egan ...
Tyler
Delphine French ...
Tyler's Girlfriend
Mona Powell ...
Tyler's Girlfriend
Andrew Broder ...
Tyler's Buddy
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Tyler's Buddy #2
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Gail
Rosemary Corman ...
Elderly Woman in Street
T. Mychael Rambo ...
Garbageman #1
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Delia Jurek ...
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Fran Korba ...
Elderly Women in Market
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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.

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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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$2,568,429 (USA)
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The opening credits feature the track 'My Great Escape' by Marc Cohn. A prelude is also heard later in the movie. However, this track was not released on any medium other than the movie itself. See more »

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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 »

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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?
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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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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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My Great Escape
Written and Performed by Marc Cohn
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A story about friendship, loyalty & the naivete of childhood.
4 October 1998 | by (Miami FL) – See all my reviews

Here's a film about and enacted by two children. Although there are adults in the film, they are there to add some authenticity, drama and, at times, comedy relief. The younger of the two boys, Dexter (Joseph Mazzello) is dying of AIDS; the older boy, Eric (Brad Renfro), is something of a sociopath. A lad of the South, Eric lives with his divorced mother in an unidentified city in the upper reaches of the Mississippi River (St. Paul, Minneapolis?). His innate hostility coupled with his marked southern accent does little to endear him to his peer group. So Eric is something of an outcast and has few friends...until he meets his next-door neighbor. He and Dexter become fast, though tenuous, friends. The friendship solidifies as the story segues into a quest for an AIDS cure which takes them on a Tom Sawyer trek down the Mississippi River with lots of adventures. One later scene, which will be thought of as emotional and something of a tear jerker, is truly uplifting and brings to the fore the true theme of the film. A first time effort by director Peter Horton, its theme was not one to garner any great box-office success. But it is well worth a video rental. (Brad Renfro, by the way, proves that his brilliant performance in The Client was not a fluke. And he did it without Tommmy Lee Jones & Susan Sarandan).


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