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Chaindance (1991)

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.

Director:

Allan A. Goldstein

Writers:

Alan Aylward (original screenplay), Alan Aylward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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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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Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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AND DEATH SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION
Written by Dylan Thomas
Granted by Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
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Touching, hopeful and original
29 December 2006 | by jmacd-3See all my reviews

This movie is basically about giving people a second chance. Michael Ironside's character gets a chance to become a better person by helping someone else, which is really kind of a nice theme.

Ironside and Dourif are the stars of this unlikely buddy picture, and together they give great performances. Dourif in particular disappears into his role, becoming almost unrecognizable. He really is a chameleon in this film. Ironside, as usual, gives a reliable, strong performance, giving his loser character some depth and presence.

This was a small production and doesn't get anything like the attention it deserves. More than 15 years later, it still deserves a good look.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1992 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Common Bonds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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