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Madison (2001)

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

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Cast

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Jim McCormick
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Bonnie McCormick
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Harry Volpi
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Mayor Don Vaughn
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Tony Steinhardt
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Travis
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Skip Naughton
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Bobby Humphrey
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Roger Epperson
Byrne Piven ...
George Wallin
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Rick Winston
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Owen
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Buddy Johnson
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Tami Johnson
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Storyline

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 upon 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.

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sports peril | See all certifications »
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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$268,370 (USA) (24 April 2005)

Gross:

$508,867 (USA) (8 May 2005)
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Trivia

The sub-plot involving Jim McCormick's relationship with a young driver, played by Richard Lee Jackson, was based on McCormick's real life friendship with George "Skipp" Walther. Walther was fatally injured at Miami Marine Stadium in 1974 while testing the McCormick owned Red Man hydroplane. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, The Space Needle is shown in an aerial shot prior to the 1971 races in Seattle. The Kingdom is visible in the background. The stadium didn't open until 1976 and ground wasn't even broken on construction until November of 1972. See more »

Quotes

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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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Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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GLORY BOUND
Written by Dan Walsh, Harry Price, Steve Barri and Dennis Provisor
Performed by The Grassroots (as The Grass Roots)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Lifelong Madison Resident here
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have lived in and around Madison for 47 years. In the movie the voice over says that the Miss Madison had not won a race since 1973. Well that all changed in 2001 (30 years after the movie was set) when the Miss Madison won the Gold Cup in front of the hometown crowd a second time.

In that race Steve David brought the Miss Madison to the win in his first appearance in our hometown. He has since stayed with the team and they are showing quite respectfully.

The sport has meant a lot to the town but unfortunately the fan basis seems to have tapered off. As a youngster I remember the river bank being filled like it was portrayed in the movie. I hope this movie helps breath some life into both the sport for the Miss Madison and the town of Madison.


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