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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
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
Alan Forbes .... location manager
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
Scott Allen Logan .... location manager
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
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Filming of the movie Madison started back in 1999 but the film wasn't release until 2005. That's six years after filming had started, the movie was finally released to the public.See more »
Factual errors: The film depicted the schedule as follows; Miami, Florida; Chicago; Seattle, Dayton, and Madison. The actual schedule of 1971 was as follows: Miami, Florida; Washington, DC, Owensboro, Kentucky; Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Indiana; Tri City, Washington; Seattle, Washington; Dexter, Oregon; Dallas, Texas. No races occurred in Chicago at the year the film took place.See more »
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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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Very Good, But Felt A Little Disappointed, 23 April 2005
Author: goleafs84 from Seattle, Washington

Being an unlimited hydroplane "nut" (I grew up on the sport and lived only 12 miles away from the Seattle racecourse) I've been excited about this movie's release, since I first heard about it as far back as 1999 when I was at the General Motors Cup at Seafair race. Needless to say, I've waited nearly 6 years for the movie.

The storyline to the movie was good. I liked the story about father and son's and the love of the sport. It's easy to tell, that unlimited hydroplane racing is in their blood. I especially liked Jake Lloyd's character, Mike McCormick, because in some ways, it reminded me of my childhood. Except I used to race wooden hydroplanes with my friends on my parent's lawn and I had hydro pictures and posters on my wall.

I Also liked the story of how the city of Madison, Indiana's struggle to host the American Powerboat Association (APBA), Gold Cup. For those unfamiliar with the sport, the Gold Cup is the oldest motor sports trophy and is one of the most coveted races every hydro team wants to win.

What disappointed me about the movie was, I sort of felt that Hollywood was trying to alter hydroplane history and facts. Here's 's some of them.

- The All red paint scheme of the Miss Budweiser, was not used by owner Bernie Little and the race team until 1994.

-The second race on the circuit was in Chicago. There was no race there.

If they wanted to show another race site in a big city, why didn't they use Detroit? It was the 3rd race on the circuit that year and it has a longtime history in the sport. It seems like they insulted Detroit; I can see many longtime Detroit hydro race fans are insulted over this.

-Seattle was the 3rd race site. I assume they wanted to show Seattle, since it has a longtime history in the sport, like Detroit, but they moved it up about a month early, when it usually follows Madison and the date has traditionally been on the first weekend of August.

-The "us vs them" attitude in the movie or "David vs Goliath". Although it is very true that there are many rivalries in the sport and it looks good in the storyline, it seems seldom that you see this attitude all the time as was depicted.

Many times I've seen when one race team is in trouble, especially the smaller race "camps" ones like the Miss Madison, I've seen many competing race teams help each other out, by sending their pit crew members to the troubled race camp, or loaning them parts for their boat, so they can race. Miss Budweiser owner, the late, Bernie Little for example, has done this over the years because he has said, it is important to have those boats out on the racecourse competing. I'm not saying that what you saw in the movie doesn't happen, but to me, it's very rare.

That being said, when I look at the movie overall, I liked it, despite it's faults. It had many good qualities, like the father/son storyline and the city and race team's struggles, like I mentioned. This will be a good movie for the hydro fan as well as a ports fan. I'll buy the DVD when it comes out.

On a final note, here's a little trivia from the movie:

-The driver of the miss Budweiser at the time was actually, the late Dean Chenoweth (His surviving family probably didn't give their consent to use his name).

-The original Miss Madison from that time, couldn't be repaired and restored in time for the movie. Instead, The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum put together a replica of that Miss Madison, using the Savair's Mist hull in her place. The boat has affectionately been referred to as the "Mist Madison".

-The Atlas van Lines, was actually, the Pay 'n Pak's 'Lil Buzzard.

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