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Madison -- The Miss Madison may have seen better days, but she's about to go out in a blaze of glory. The pride of Madison, Indiana, the dilapidated hydroplane's been entered in the 1971 Gold Cup Championship race, whose $50,000 prize money has been raised by the town itself
Madison -- A story about a man's personal struggle to victory in the 1971 Madison, Indiana hydro-plane regatta.


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A town's future is riding with one man.
A story about a man's personal struggle to victory in the 1971 Madison, Indiana hydro-plane regatta. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jim Caviezel ... Jim McCormick

Jake Lloyd ... Mike McCormick

Mary McCormack ... Bonnie McCormick

Bruce Dern ... Harry Volpi

Paul Dooley ... Mayor Don Vaughn

Brent Briscoe ... Tony Steinhardt

Mark Fauser ... Travis

Reed Diamond ... Skip Naughton

Frank Knapp Jr. ... Bobby Humphrey

Chelcie Ross ... Roger Epperson
Byrne Piven ... George Wallin

William Shockley ... Rick Winston

Matt Letscher ... Owen

Richard Lee Jackson ... Buddy Johnson

Kristina Anapau ... Tami Johnson

Vincent Ventresca ... Walker Greif

Cody McMains ... Bobby Epperson
John M. Watson Sr. ... Walter
James Andelin ... Merle

Carl Amari ... Jake Merrill
Len Foley ... Bill Kittle
Jane Galloway Heitz ... Audrey (as Jane Heitz)
Kathleen Ewing ... Bank Secretary
Laura Whyte ... Bonnie's Mom
Bernie Landis ... Lyle Dayhoff
Jim Hendrick ... Himself

Dean Biasucci ... ABC Reporter
Bob North ... Keith
Emily Salutric ... Racing Girl #1

Brie Larson ... Racing Girl #2
Will Bindley ... Racing Boy #1
Cully Smoller ... Racing Boy #2
Roger Wolski ... Angry Citizen
W.E. Bindley ... Sideburns
Don Youngblood ... Another Man
Fran Williamson ... Offended Woman
Chris Dennis ... Man in Crowd

Don Keaton ... Businessman

Sharon Bishop ... Darlene
Greg Thomas ... Construction Worker
Joy Ellison ... Bonnie's Friend
Tony Steinhardt ... Hydroplane Fan

Denise Dal Vera ... Housewife #1
Gabrielle Evans ... Housewife #2
Kyle McClanahan ... Kent
Randall Gienko ... Peter
Mercedes Blanco ... Autograph Seeker
Betsey Vonderheide ... Gertie
Peter Marmentini ... Crew Guy #1
Zack Rosenfield ... Crew Guy #2
Cynthia Elterman ... Miami Race Registrar
Sue Dennis ... Chicago Race Registrar
Hank Johnston ... Ricky

John Adrian Riley ... Captain (as John Riley)
Mel Vonderheide ... Priest
Jan Lucas ... Woman in Crowd
James Fields ... Davy Snyder

John Mellencamp ... Adult Mike McCormick (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcus Daniel ... Fan Boy
Niko El Santo Zavero ... Businessman
Olivia Francessca ... Bud Girl
Seth Pennington ... Young Boy
Richard Stiller ... Miss Budweiser Crew #1
Christopher Francis ... Regatta Spectator (uncredited)

Corey Large ... Johnson (uncredited)

Kimberly Magness ... Regatta Spectator (uncredited)
Jane Rulon ... Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
William Bindley 
Writing credits
William Bindley  &
Scott Bindley  written by

Produced by
Carl Amari .... executive producer
Adam Carl .... associate producer
Chris Dennis .... executive producer
Len Foley .... co-executive producer
Roy Millonzi .... executive producer
Beau Nortell .... co-producer
Hal Olofsson .... associate producer
Lisa F. Riley .... co-producer
Steve Salutric .... executive producer
Martin Wiley .... producer
Original Music by
Kevin Kiner 
Cinematography by
James Glennon 
Film Editing by
William Hoy 
Casting by
Amy Lippens 
Production Design by
Dorian Vernacchio 
Art Direction by
Tim Cohn 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
Makeup Department
Jeni Lee Dinkel .... makeup department head
R.J. McCasland .... makeup artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup department head
Janette Nielsen .... makeup artist
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist
Jeffery Lyle Segal .... assistant hair stylist
Anne Taylor .... hair stylist
Tanya Tieman .... key hair stylist
Richard Wetzel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Carrey .... additional post-production supervisor
Albert Coleman .... post-production supervisor
Greg Malone .... production supervisor
Robin Mulcahy Fisichella .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
Martin Wiley .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Greg Guzik .... second assistant director
John Mattingly .... first assistant director: marine unit
Jaq Nigg .... second assistant director: marine unit
Hal Olofsson .... first assistant director
Eric A. Pot .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Baker .... assistant props
Greg Boes .... lead welder
Flip Filippelli .... art director: second unit
Charles Guanci Jr. .... prop master
Gabriel Higgins .... property master
Maria Higgins .... buyer
Kevin Long .... property master
Graham Robertson .... graphic designer
Eric Steinway .... set dresser
Thomas 'Noe' Welch .... set dresser
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew T. Duncan .... temp. sound recordist
William Edward Duran .... assistant sound editor
Nicholas James .... sound effects editor
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor
David Marcus .... assistant sound editor
Geoff Maxwell .... sound mixer
Andy Peach .... post-production sound recordist
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthias Schmitz .... sound effects editor
Karola Storr .... foley supervisor (as Carola Storr)
Karola Storr .... sound editor (as Carola Storr)
Brent Thacker .... cable person
Joel R. Wilhelmi .... boom operator
Matthias Schmitz .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Thomas Rasada .... special effects technician: Long Beach
Visual Effects by
Kristen Andersen .... digital effects artist (as Kristen Simmons)
Christopher Hagerthy .... digital compositor
Mark Herman .... visual effects editor
Yusaku Mizoguchi .... main title designer
Mitch Paulson .... digital preview colorist
Rod Schumacher .... visual effects supervisor
Scott Simmons .... digital effects supervisor: Live Wire Productions
Kevin Tuxford .... digital effects artist
Eric Whitfield .... visual effects editor
Richard Wirth .... compositor
Tom Bahr .... stunt boat driver
Cort Hessler .... water safety
Artie Malesci .... marine coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Athy .... grip
Dan Auerbach .... camera operator: "a" camera
Dan Auerbach .... director of photography: second unit
Larry Blanford .... director of photography: second unit
Eric Vincent Cruse .... key grip: second unit
Eric Vincent Cruse .... rigger: second unit
Alex Esber .... second assistant camera: marine unit
Russ Faust .... third electrician
Jeff Fisher .... best boy electric
John Gunselman .... director of photography: additional photography
Michael Hoffer .... key grip: Los Angeles
Jeff Lint .... electrician
Elizabeth Miller .... film loader (as Elizabeth Smith)
David Morenz .... assistant camera
Christopher Ratledge .... camera intern
Chris Rauch .... dolly grip
Pablo Santiago-Brandwein .... grip
Brent Thacker .... video assist operator
Jim Timperman .... camera operator: "b" camera
Neil Toussaint .... first assistant camera: marine unit
Fred Weigle .... assistant camera
Gregory White .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Steven J. Winslow .... camera operator: Wescam camera, marine unit
Matthew Olmon .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kyle Young .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Claire Simon .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Guzik .... costume supervisor
Annalisa Strickland .... additional key set costumer
Erica Toriello .... costumer
Editorial Department
Carey A. Campbell .... post-production assistant
Martha Pike .... first assistant editor
Ron Rauch .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Alan Forbes .... location manager
Scott Allen Logan .... location manager
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor
Ray Espinola Jr. .... music supervisor
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor
Evyen Klean .... executive music producer
Christopher Young .... composer: original themes
Transportation Department
Adrian Cannon .... driver: Ms. McCarthy
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Amy Agzarian .... production accountant
Paul Barth .... helicopter pilot
Stephen Bauer .... gym trainer
Josh Broadbent .... production assistant
Christopher J. Corabi .... legal consultant
Elizabeth Dail .... script supervisor: marine unit
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach: Ms. Mc Cormick
Tyler W. Gaisford .... key set production assistant
William Goerlitz III .... staging crew: Set Moving Crew
Rusty Gorman .... director: marine unit
J. Larsen Jay .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
John Kirby .... acting coach
Dane Lantz .... production office assistant
Missy Lantz .... production coordinator
Karon May .... script supervisor
Frederic Perrin .... caterer
Denise Anderson Poore .... additional production assistant
Kori Shadrick .... key set production assistant
Marc Siegel .... production assistant
Amy Smolev .... first assistant accountant (as Amy Fitzer)
Zach Taylor .... production office assistant
Patrick Thornhill .... production assistant
Derek W. Tow .... production assistant: day player
Amy R. Trachtman .... assistant production coordinator
David Vlasits .... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Aliss Wang .... post-production accountant
Mark Joseph .... marketing (uncredited)
Jack Rourke .... body double: Jim McCormick (uncredited)

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Rated PG for some mild language and sports peril
94 min | USA:99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

After winning the 1971 Gold Cup, Jim McCormick and the Miss Madison made it 2 wins in a row, when he won the Atomic Cup in Tri City, Washington, three weeks later on July 26, 1971.See more »
Anachronisms: Shots showing the crowd show numerous folding "bag chairs". Chairs such as this were introduced in the 1990s. Folding chairs of the time would be metal tube framed with woven fabric strap seats.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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12 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Good--if you know absolutely NOTHING about hydro racing., 29 April 2005
Author: blueheron0 from Gig Harbor, WA

Madison is not too bad-—if you like simplistic, non-offensive, "family-friendly" fare and, more importantly, if you know absolutely nothing about unlimited hydroplane racing. If, like me, you grew up with the sport and your heroes had names like Musson, Muncey, Cantrell, Slovak, etc., prepare to be disappointed.

Professional film critics have commented at length on the formulaic nature of the film and its penchant for utilizing every hackneyed sports cliché in the book. I needn't repeat what they've said. What I felt was sadly missing was any sense of the real excitement of unlimited hydro racing in the "glory years" (which many would argue were already past in 1971).

Yes, it was wonderful to see the old classic boats roaring down the course six abreast, though it was clear that the restored versions (hats off to the volunteers at the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum) were being nursed through the scenes at reduced speed. But where was the sound? Much of the thrill of the old hydros was the mind-numbing roar of six Allison or Rolls-Merlin aircraft engines, wound up to RPM's never imagined by their designers, hitting the starting line right in front of you. You didn't hear it, you FELT it. Real hydro buffs know exactly what I'm talking about. There's none of that in Madison. Instead, every racing scene is buried under what is supposed to be a "heroic" musical score.

And then there are the close-up shots of the drivers, riding smoothly and comfortably in the cockpits as if they were relaxing in the latest luxury limousines, in some cases taking time to smile evilly as they contemplate how best to thwart the poor home-town hero. Or, in one particularly ridiculous shot, taking time to spot Jake Lloyd giving a "Rocky" salute from a bridge pier. In reality, some unlimited drivers wore flak vests to minimize the beating they took as the boats slammed across the rock-hard water at speeds above 150 mph.

As one reviewer so aptly put it, "The sport deserves better than this."

Finally, since another user brought up anachronisms, I'll add one: the establishing shot of Seattle shows the Kingdome and Safeco Field. Neither existed in 1971

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