The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was incinerated and for which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. He is also suspected of being a pedophile. He is befriended by Chuck, igniting the town's suspicion and hostility. McLeod instills in his protégé a love of justice and freedom from prejudice which sustains Chuck beyond the end of the film. Written by
Mike McBain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A fatherless boy had almost given up all his dreams... until one man believed in him enough to make them come true.
Did You Know?
One of three Mel Gibson and James Horner collaborations. This movie being the first, along with Braveheart (1995) and Apocalypto (2006). James Horner also composed for Ransom (1996), which starred Mel Gibson, and was directed by Ron Howard, with whom Horner also worked, on movies like Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and The Missing (2003). See more
The method that McLeod gives for finding the center of a circle will not always work. He also says and draws that the line perpendicular to the midpoint of AB goes through C, which is extraneous and incorrect. See more
[first line, voiceover
It was a good dream, my best one. Everything was perfect. My mother was proud of her son's wings. My half-sister, Meg, lost her braces. My other half-sister, Gloria, had realized my intellectual superiority and was quietly respectful to me. My stepfathers were slaves, captured in battle. And there was a WAC by my side, not too bright, not too loud, hugely attractive. It's a good dream: a "John Wayne meets Hugh Hefner" philosophy of life... if you consider Hef a ...
Written by Johnny Mercer
and Henry Mancini
Performed by Andy Williams
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arragement with Sony Music Licensing See more