A young man in high school moves with his mother to a town in the U.S. Southwest where his father is serving time in a penitentiary. There, he is discriminated against by his peers because ... See full summary »
A young man in high school moves with his mother to a town in the U.S. Southwest where his father is serving time in a penitentiary. There, he is discriminated against by his peers because he is the son of a convict; this discrimination includes the football coach keeping him on the bench. He receives special training from the ghost of Jim Thorpe, a Native American football star. Written by
Embittered son meets ghostly spirit guide in coming to terms with incarcerated father
While I'm always a sucker for a "Hallmark moment", many folks will find this film a bit too "Disney" for their tastes.
The film does have some interesting angles and is eminently watchable if a bit too "after-school special" in spots.
The idea of a spirit guide in the persona of Jim Thorpe was a nice touch and the coincidental parallels between Thorpe's fall from grace and that of Greg Cima's incarcerated father were consistently interesting.
I also enjoyed seeing Jason Wiles as a high school student in this after seeing his later performances as Officer Boscorelli in "Third Watch"
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