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Looking for Miracles (1989)

Sixteen-year-old Ryan Delaney has won a scholarship, but it's not a full one, so he needs a summer job to pay for his university expenses. And although he's not eighteen, he can't swim, and... See full summary »


Kevin Sullivan


A.E. Hotchner (novel), Kevin Sullivan | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Spottiswood ... Ryan Delaney
Zachary Bennett ... Sullivan Delaney
Joe Flaherty ... Chief Berman
Patricia Gage ... Grace Gibson
Patricia Phillips Patricia Phillips ... Mrs. Delaney
Noah Godfrey Noah Godfrey ... Ratface
Paul Haddad Paul Haddad ... Paul
Dean Hamilton ... Babe
Hugh Thompson ... Mo
Eric Fink Eric Fink ... Floyd
Elliott Hurst ... Myron
Thor Bishopric ... Billy Tisser
Mary Durkan Mary Durkan ... Aunt Maureen
Mag Ruffman ... Nurse Blanche
Michael Rubinoff Michael Rubinoff ... Moose


Sixteen-year-old Ryan Delaney has won a scholarship, but it's not a full one, so he needs a summer job to pay for his university expenses. And although he's not eighteen, he can't swim, and has never been to camp, he manages to get a job as a camp couselor. But his mother makes him take his younger brother, Sullivan, with him to camp, since she can't look after him while she's working. But camp turns out to be harder than both Ryan and Sullivan thought it would be; and as they fight their battles, they learn about each other, themselves, and what they can do together. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

3 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach einem Wunder See more »

Filming Locations:

Haliburton, Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sullivan Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV movie made for the Disney Channel network. See more »


Sullivan Delaney: But you can do everything!
Ryan Delaney: No I can't.
Sullivan Delaney: Name one thing you can't do.
Ryan Delaney: Swim!
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Memorable performances in a true to life film
23 May 2001 | by Thornfield2See all my reviews

This movie has been a personal favorite of mine for a long time. I first watched it on the Disney Channel when I was young. It took me a long time finally get the video and hope it will be released on DVD soon. I believe the reason why I admire this film so much is that the story portrays a very real relationship between two brothers. The older brother Ryan, (played wonderfully by Greg Spottiswood) is really irritated when he has to accomodate his plans to fit in with taking care of his little brother, Sullivan (a charming performance by Zachary Bennett) . He feels more like Sullivan is a nuisance more than a brother. This is a scenario I can realate to being the oldest of many younger sibs. When they get to camp is where the characters really develop and the scenes are well done. They go from being really funny and embarrassing to heart warming and tender. Ratface was a wonderful character too and I'm suprized the boy who played him (Noah Godfrey)was not in more films. The supporting cast were all fabulous and I also like the scenes where it's just Ryan and the other councelors he's over was well, especially where he and Moe sneak off to the girl's camp. Uplifting movie with a beautiful message and excellent acting. This film was also set in the 1930's and I found the clothing, scenery and dialogue to very historically accurate. Terrific movie directed by the same man who gave us the wonderful saga of Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea. A real pleasure to watch and I recommend it to everyone.

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