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The film is set on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College during the 2002 Tiger football season. Walter Simms has lived on the campus of H-SC for 28 years and has been an integral part of the... See full summary »

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Walter Simms ...
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Grady Hardeman ...
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Marty Favret ...
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The film is set on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College during the 2002 Tiger football season. Walter Simms has lived on the campus of H-SC for 28 years and has been an integral part of the community, the college and their football team. He is an icon at the prestigious, all-male Virginia school, where he has touched the lives of generations of young men and inspired an entire community. This season in particular is very special to Shorty. His beloved Tiger football squad is poised to make the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, he is being inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall-of-Fame and he is celebrating his birthday on the day of the final game of the regular season against the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets - a 107-year rivalry known simply as "The Game". What makes this year particularly memorable is that the life expectancy for someone with Down syndrome is 55. Walter Simms will be 56. The film's climax takes place on November 16th, 2002 at "The Game". The ... Written by Revolution Earth Productions

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One simple wish. One extraordinary man.


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The Richmond, Virginia premiere was held on Saturday, 14 November 2003, Walter Simms' 57th Birthday. Walter was presented with a new Hampden-Sydney Jersey, numbered 57. When asked on-stage what he wanted for this birthday, he responded, "to beat Randolph-Macon!" Hampden-Sydney beat Randolph-Macon College the next day by 32 points. See more »

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Good Story, Could Have Been Better Movie
2 March 2005 | by (Plum Creek, VA) – See all my reviews

A lifelong Virginian, I have to confess I had not heard the Shorty story before picking this movie up at the video store. It's a touching, entertaining story, and Walter "Shorty" Simms is priceless. There are some poignant moments (such as when Shorty's nephew is killed in a hunting accident) and some sports-movie drama (H-SC's goalline stand against Macon), but the production itself is rather amateurish. It looks like it was made by a local TV news crew, and lacks the depth it could have had if it had been made by more experienced filmmakers.

Worth seeing, and very enjoyable; just overlook the production values and amateurish feel of the project.


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