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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 ...
Mona Powell ...
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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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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Storyline

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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A Cura  »

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$2,568,429 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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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At about 31 minutes in, Erik is seen gluing and smacking a leaf into their logbook, a reverse shot then shows three leaves with notes, another reverse shot and again one leaf. See more »

Quotes

Erik: Hey! What would you do if I come over there and whopped your ass?
Dexter: How long would that take?
Erik: 'Bout 10 seconds.
Dexter: I'd wait till you're finished and then I'd continue working on my mud fort.
Erik: You mean you'd just let me beat you up?
Dexter: I'd try to stop you but I probably wouldn't be able to, I'm not very big.
Erik: Well in that case it'd only take 5 seconds.
Dexter: So is that what you're gonna do?
Erik: Maybe later.
Dexter: Hello? You still there?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Features 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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My Great Escape
Written and Performed by Marc Cohn
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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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