April Showers (2009)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  18 April 2009 (USA)
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A look inside a tragedy through the eyes of a survivor. Based on actual events, April Showers is about picking up the pieces in the direct aftermath of school violence. Set in a middle ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Ryan
Mr. Blackwell
Brenda O'Brien ...
Helen Mann
Ben Chrystak ...
William Grennan ...
Jacob Highland ...
Sean's Father


A look inside a tragedy through the eyes of a survivor. Based on actual events, April Showers is about picking up the pieces in the direct aftermath of school violence. Set in a middle class suburban neighborhood, April Showers focuses on the lives of a handful of teachers and students as they attempt to make sense of a world that has just been turned upside down by one of their own. With the community and an entire nation caught up in the 'story', the students of Jefferson High must turn to one another for answers. In the wake atrocity, the rifts caused by misinformation and a frenzied media prove difficult to overcome. Lost and lonely under the international spotlight, one young man navigates his way through his almost indiscernible home. From quaint suburban town to battlefield turned media circus, Jefferson High provides the backdrop for Sean's struggle to cope with the loss of his friend April. Written by April Wade, producer

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In an instant, their world changed forever.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amok - Columbine School Massacre  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shooters last name, Harris, is an obvious reference to Columbine Massacre assailant Eric Harris. His first name, Ben, may possibly be a reference to the other Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold whose middle name was Bennet. See more »


Something More
Music by Doug Kabourek
Performed by Fizzle Like A Flood
Produced by Doug Kabourek
Courtesy of Ernest Jenning Record Co.
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We Are "April Showers"
25 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Andrew Robinson's "April Showers" is like Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center." We relive a day that stunned the world. We look for triumph over tragedy at the most intimate level.

It is an intense film. The MPAA found its content disturbing. I disagree. What they meant was that it unlocks the deepest feelings of innocence lost.

The softest targets, we all are. Protectors unprotected. The hero inside ignored. The survivor looking over the dead. The dead looking over those still standing.

The history of the world in fewer days than God took to create it.

And who is left to create charity, hope, and faith?

The answer comes from a director with a sure hand, in real life a young playwright at Columbine High School 10 years ago whose next leading lady was to be a student named Rachel Joy Scott.

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