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Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

A little league player named Chuck refuses to ever pitch again until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Basketball star "Amazing Grace" Smith follows the boy's example, and starts a trend.

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Mike Newell

Writer:

David Field
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Alexander Dean Alexander ... Sports Broadcaster
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Lynn Taylor
Jim Allen Jim Allen ... Missile Soldier
Gregory Peck ... President
William Petersen ... Russell (as William L. Petersen)
Red Auerbach Red Auerbach ... Red Auerbach
Lee Richardson ... Jeffries
Joshua Zuehlke ... Chuck Murdock
Michael Bond Michael Bond ... Aide
Alex English ... Amazing Grace Smith
Alan Autry ... George
Steven Bothun Steven Bothun ... Reporter
Michael Bowen ... Hot Dog
Dennis Lipscomb ... Johnny B. Goode
Frances Conroy ... Pamela
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Storyline

Chuck Murdock is an all American kid living in a sleepy town in Montana. He is the top pitcher of the little league team as well. After taking a tour of a nuclear silo, Chuck decides to quit playing little league until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Boston Celtic Amazing Grace Smith hears about Chuck's exploits, and decides to do the same thing. Amazing then moves to the young boy's town to live. More athletes follow suit as well. The town begins to hate Chuck and his family, and this makes Chuck's father angry. But can one kid's message make the world listen? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazing Grace and Chuck See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

Both Jamie Lee Curtis and William Petersen acted in this movie for scale. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [Last Lines, before the credits] But wouldn't it be nice?- Amazing Grace Smith
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »

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Written and performed by Steven Van Zandt (as Little Steven)
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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You're never too young for passion and commitment.
2 June 2004 | by jambalayavalSee all my reviews

When this movie came out in the late '80s, it spoke out about nuclear proliferation. But the central themes of passion and commitment resonate beyond the time and the cause. Even if you don't agree with or understand Chuck's refusal to play Little League until all the nuclear silos are cleared, you have to believe in his determination to be the one person who makes a difference.

You don't have to be a sports fan or a political activist to be affected by this film, which combines laughter, tears, dedication and not a few plot twists. Newcomers to the fandom of William Petersen will appreciate his performance as a very conflicted father, trying to do right by his family and his country.


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