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As a part of a special government reform program, inmate J.T. Blake has to take care of Johnny Reynolds who has cerebral palsy. In the meantime, another inmate wants to take care of J.T. Blake forever.

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Allan A. Goldstein

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Alan Aylward (original screenplay), Alan Aylward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Andersen Scott Andersen ... James
R. Nelson Brown ... Greason
Norman Browning Norman Browning ... Topper
Leslie Carlson ... Willy
Rae Dawn Chong ... Ilene Curtis
Bill Croft ... Mitch
Don S. Davis ... Sergeant
Brad Dourif ... Johnny
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Eric
Bruce Glover ... Casey
Deryl Hayes ... Policeman outside Bar
Janet Hodgkinson Janet Hodgkinson ... Resident in Cafeteria
Michael Ironside ... J.T. Blake
Michael A. Jackson Michael A. Jackson ... Black Lady
Lee Jeffery Lee Jeffery ... Guard #2
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A prison decides that the best way to rehabilitate a particularly troublesome prisoner is to chain him to the wheelchair of a rebellious, bad-tempered young man with cerebral palsy. The government rationale behind this is three fold. First it will help a terribly understaffed nursing home. Second, being chained to a handicapped person may inspire caring in the prisoner and third, it could help to toughen up the patients... Written by Anonymous

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They had nothing in common but their desire to break free. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Common Bonds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Nick Nolte and John Hurt were originally considered for the roles of J.T. Blake and Johnny, respectively. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: I think I'm in love
J.T. Blake: You're in lust.
Johnny: I'll call it what I want.
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I WANT TO GO
Performed by John Mayall
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
Written by J.B. Lenoir
Published by Ghana Music administered by Bug
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Best Brad Dourif Film Since "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
23 January 2005 | by JBT-DMCSee all my reviews

This is a film that truly shows that Brad Dourif can act. This also shows that Michael Ironside, could have a character that truly could be "loveable".

Brad Dourif's performance as a man with Cerebral Palsy was flawless, and it was equal to Daniel Day-Lewis' Cerebral Palsy performance in "My Left Foot" released the year before. Truly this was showing a true insight into the character, since neither actor (Dourif or Day-Lewis) had the other performer's work to look upon given the production schedules and release schedules of both films.

This is high praise for me, because, I have not really been a Brad Dourif fan. I appreciated his 'Billy Bibbit' role in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), and his role as 'Piter De Vries' in David Lynch's version of "Dune" (1984) which was made with the on set assistance of the author Frank Herbert so it has a special place in my heart.

If this film EVER comes out on DVD, I will Definitely add it to my collection. I keep searching for it to come out... but like most quality "art house" Canadian films, I am not holding my breath for it to come out anytime soon.

This was a low budget film, and Aylward & Ironside as rather new writers came up with a quality script all things considered. If you compare it with a "Big Budget Hollywood Film", then you will be disappointed. But if you want a film that shows human drama from the points of view of someone with severe Cerebral Palsy (Dourif) and a Convict on work release (Ironside), with heart, and looking at it from a "Foreign Film" point of view, rather than a "Hollywood" point of view, you may find this a very touching and lovely little film to come out from our Neighbors to the North in Canada.


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