Parts of the movie were filmed at Cocoa Beach Jr Sr Hight School in Cocoa Beach Florida. See more »
There are 3 continuity errors when Billy takes a ride with Alan Shepard:
1. The plane on the tarmac has a different tail number than the plane in flight.
2. The plane on the tarmac has no name under the rear seat's canopy but the plane in flight does.
3. When Billy makes a left turn the exterior shot is flopped to make the plane's right turn appear to be a left turn (the tail number is mirrored). See more »
Granted, it's sentimental, and obviously made for TV, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film, which I can't say of some much higher-rated films here. The acting was fine really, tho indeed funny to hear James Woods talk semi-German. I think everybody in the cast did a fine job however. The story was told well, and interesting enough to follow. It was also visually well executed.
All in all an inspirational film for kids and adults because the message is that everyone can make a difference, make friends and make dreams come true. I find it sad that movies like this get dismissed as sentimental garbage. I prefer it much over negative and pretentious pieces.
I would rate this 7/10, but kids will give it 9/10!
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