An orphaned boy is raised by a Latino family in the 1950s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Madore ...
Young Eddie
Frank Haley
Marissa Baca ...
Young Francesca
Daniel O'Haco ...
Alberto Montoya (as Danny O'Haco)
Eddie Haley
David Alexander Johnston ...
Principal (as David A. Johnston)
Dave Adams ...
Coach Allen (as David Adams)
Michael Heistand ...
Heather Conforto ...
Julie (as Heather Rae)
Miguel Ortega ...
Donald Everett Axinn ...
Gas Station Attendant


"Spin" tells the story of a boy who loses his parents in a plane crash, is taken in by his uncle (Tucci), who then leaves him for ten years in the care of his Hispanic ranch hand (Blades) and his wife (Delany). Once in high school, Eddie (Merriman) reconnects with a girl from his past (Garces), and their growing interracial relationship teaches the sometimes-sullen Eddie to think of others before himself. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violent images | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le pilote  »

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Donald Everett Axinn: author of the novel credited as 'Gas Station Attendant'. See more »


The copyright listing at 1:46:27 in the film's end credits is "Copyright © MMIIII by Spin Productions, LLC" which corresponds in Arabic digits to 2004, that contradicts the US Copyright Office records showing Creation Date: 2003; and Registration Date: 2003-10-10. See more »


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Written by Mark Matthews, Kathryn Matthews, James Griffith
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Flying colors
3 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Spin" came as a total surprise. We had not heard about the movie before, so when it was shown on cable recently, we decided to watch it, something that paid off because it is basically an unpretentious look at a not too distant past. James Redford, is making his debut as a director showing he has an eye for detail.

The story centers around Eddie. When we meet him, he is a young boy who has to deal with the premature death of his parents in a small plane crash. As a result, his only living relative is a distant uncle, a major in the Air Force, who practically abandons him to the caretaker couple that works for him in the Arizona ranch. Eddie's uncle, as well as his father, have a passion for flying that is transferred to the young man. A few years go by and next we see a teen aged Eddie who is not doing well in school. His friendship with the lovely Francesca develops into love, but fate intervenes in their lives.

The film has a lovely finished look thanks to the cinematography of Paul Ryan who captured the rugged Arizona landscape in all its glory. The musical score is by Todd Boekelheide, which serves the film well. The performances are credible as Ryan Merriman makes us care for his Eddie. Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, Ruben Blades and Paula Garces are the other performers.

James Redford does a good job with his first directorial assignment.

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