Madison (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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A story about a man's personal struggle to victory in the 1971 Madison, Indiana hydro-plane regatta.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim McCormick
Bonnie McCormick
Harry Volpi
Mayor Don Vaughn
Tony Steinhardt
Skip Naughton
Bobby Humphrey
Roger Epperson
Byrne Piven ...
George Wallin
Rick Winston
Buddy Johnson
Tami Johnson


Madison, Indiana, 1971. The Ohio river port is in full economic decline, its last pride and obsession being its uniquely town-owned power boat, although the raggedy old donation from a millionaire decades ago never comes close to a win. With his doted son Mike as most devoted fan, air-conditioner repairman Jim McCormick, who had to stop piloting it after a near-fatal accident, devotes all his 'spare' time to it, turning down professional opportunities as that would mean moving, as his wife suggests. Things climax when he realizes the town will either be scrapped from the national racing circuit or host the Gold Cup itself, requiring $50,000 fund raising. Written by KGF Vissers

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A town's future is riding with one man.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sports peril | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$268,370 (USA) (22 April 2005)


$508,867 (USA) (6 May 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Buddy Johnson, who drove and died when driving the Atlas Van Lines boat in the film was loosely based on Bill Muncey, who was however, fatally crashed in 1981 on a boat bearing the same name. See more »


During the Gold Cup race, aerial shots show modern cabin-forward closed canopy hydroplanes sitting in the pits when it is supposed to set in 1971. See more »


[first lines]
Adult Mike McCormick: [narrating] Why is it that everything important that happens to you when you're a kid, happens during the summer? In the summer of 1971 I was ten years old, and the only thing I looked forward to more than the last day of school, was the first day of practice of the hydroplane racing season. You could say Madison kids were born into racing, the same way some folks were born into the oil business or farming.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Well, it's better than the Mothman movie anyway...
2 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was waiting to see this movie since I heard about it, in Madison. I was a bit disappointed at how hokey it is, but at lease I can enjoy the scenery. You sure get to know the 421 bridge *G* and I loved seeing those riverfront scenes because I've been there many times.

I am in Madison on the first week of April most years, for a hot pepper festival at the Thomas Family Winery. I love these old Ohio River towns.

In the lodge at Clifty Falls State Park (on the west edge of town), they have another Miss Madison on display, a much smaller boat, I think from the 1940s or 1950s, with a Crosley engine.

Oh, one other thing - when the father and son go into the cavern, that's an unfinished railroad tunnel in the Clifty park, you can walk through it. Bring a lantern, you'll look funny walking the trail with it in the daytime, but it will be handy in the tunnel...

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