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The Emmett Smith Story (1979)

| Short, Drama, Sport
Emmett Smith, a competitive runner and high school track coach at Cortez High School in Phoenix, Arizona, is left without a sense of balance after a brain tumor is removed. He is told that ... See full summary »

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Michael LaGuardia ...
Emmett Smith
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Cindy Duncan
Daryle Ann Lindley ...
Mrs. Smith
Burke Rhind ...
Mr. Duncan
Thomas Boore ...
Principal
Carol Kane ...
Miss Kurtz
Dick Alexander ...
Bus Driver
Melva Blancett ...
School Nurse
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Emmett Smith, a competitive runner and high school track coach at Cortez High School in Phoenix, Arizona, is left without a sense of balance after a brain tumor is removed. He is told that he will never run again, but undaunted, he sets and meets a goal of not only regaining the ability to run, but to run 20 consecutive miles before a year has elapsed. Wheelchair-bound Cindy Duncan's determination gets her admitted to Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona after she demonstrates that she will not need special attention. Coach Smith (now at Apollo) challenges her to meet the goal of recovering from her injuries (from being hit by a car) to the extent of being able to walk to the podium at graduation to receive her diploma. He bets that she can do it, and will have to wheel himself in her wheelchair the entire three miles to Cortez H.S. if she succeeds. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Relatively well-done, inspiring short film
22 September 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie is kind of like taking one of those short stories in "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and making it into a film. As with most student films, it suffers a bit from less-than-perfect writing and directing, but I was actually impressed with the two lead characters. They were the best actors in the film, and so deserved and received the most screen time. Both did a great job. The story itself is inspiring, especially given the fact that it's true. I'd recommend the film to parents, teachers, or coaches who wanted to teach their kids a lesson about determination and goal-setting.


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