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Superior (2015)

In 1969, recent high school graduates and best friends Derek and Charlie embark on a 1,300 mile bike trip around Lake Superior to escape the pressure of their future, but the two cousins ... See full summary »

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Lisa Deschaine ...
Ellen Suntila
Harvey Desnick ...
Al Jowalski
Brian Downing ...
Moose
Kris Kyro ...
Anne Suntila
Alexandrea Larson ...
Alice
Pasi Lautala ...
Martin Orr
Nick Muschal ...
Moe
Chelsea Nikula ...
Lou-Ellen
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Charlie Eskola
Sherry Saarluen ...
Nancy Stark
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Derek Suntila
Mark Wilcox ...
Bill Suntila
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In 1969, recent high school graduates and best friends Derek and Charlie embark on a 1,300 mile bike trip around Lake Superior to escape the pressure of their future, but the two cousins that left the Keweenaw as boys must overcome the wilderness and uncertainty on their journey as men. Written by Anonymous

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The bicycles used in the movie are the actual bicycles used in the original 1971 trip around Lake Superior. See more »

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"Superior" excels
7 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edd Benda's "Superior" is a heartwarming story of two good friends during the height of the Vietman War in 1969. Charlie & Derek played with emotional depth by Paul Stanko & Thatcher Robinson embark on a final adventure before they must confront their futures. Charlie is headed to Michigan Tech University & Derek counts his days before he becomes eligible for the draft. With two speed Schwinn bicycles and very little preparation Charlie & Derek pedal through the shores of lake Superior along the massive backwoods of Michigan, Minnesota & Canada. A deep platonic emotional bond mixed with nostalgia surrounds a very compelling coming of age story. During their adventures, they face hunger, exhaustion and a deep bond for one another. Their love for each other is specially noticeable during their interactions as many times they must compromise as they divert from their final destination.

Between the laughs, tenderness and childlike interactions both friends share, the relationship between Charlie & Derek emotes an underbelly of sadness for the unpredictability of their futures. Ultimately, the last quarter of the film delivers a tearful & gut-wrenching final act as the boy's journeys finally comes to an end.

With beautiful panoramic shots and a sweeping cinematography, "Superior" delivers. This film has a studio quality feel to it as it transports its viewer back to a time when simplicity was the norm and love and deep friendship could overcome some very compelling odds, due to the unpredictability of war and how it had real repercussions by those affected by it.


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