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The Cure (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 April 1995 (USA)
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Erik, a loner, finds a friend in Dexter, an eleven-year-old boy with AIDS. They vow to find a cure for AIDS together and save Dexter's life in an eventful summer.

Director:

Peter Horton

Writer:

Robert Kuhn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Renfro ... Erik
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Tyler
Delphine French Delphine French ... Tyler's Girlfriend
Mona Powell Mona Powell ... Tyler's Girlfriend
Andrew Broder Andrew Broder ... Tyler's Buddy
Jeremy Howard ... Tyler's Buddy #2
Joseph Mazzello ... Dexter
Annabella Sciorra ... Linda
Diana Scarwid ... Gail
Rosemary Corman Rosemary Corman ... Elderly Woman in Street
T. Mychael Rambo T. Mychael Rambo ... Garbageman #1
David Alan Smith ... Garbageman #2
Delia Jurek Delia Jurek ... Angry Woman
Fran Korba Fran Korba ... Elderly Women in Market
John Carroll Lynch ... Skipper #1 (as John Lynch)
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Storyline

Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Erik, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Erik also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their friendship upon learning of it. When they read that a doctor in distant New Orleans claims to have found a cure for AIDS, the boys leave home on their own, planning to float down the Mississippi river and find him. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Two boys found a way to make one summer last a lifetime.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic elements, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cura See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,206,415, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$2,568,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,568,425
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of movie was filmed in Stillwater Minnesota. See more »

Goofs

When they are on the river sailing to New Orleans, you see the same smoke stack in the background, even though days have passed. See more »

Quotes

Dexter: [They are opening candy bars in the store] Are we allowed to do this?
Erik: Of course. How else you supposed to know what you're gonna get.
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Crazy Credits

Renée Humphrey's character was named 'Angel', although her tattoo was misspelled as 'Angle', so she's credited as the latter instead of 'Angel'. See more »

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Referenced in Kidsongs: Let's Put on a Show (1995) See more »

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My Great Escape
Written and Performed by Marc Cohn
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Awesome Story, Incredible Production
14 March 2005 | by jjuergenSee all my reviews

I remember when this film came out, and watched it a few times on VHS. I was so glad when it was FINALLY released on DVD. I was hoping for widescreen, but at the point would take what was available. I love how they used color in the film, the outdoor scenes are so alive with color. The trees are the greenest I've ever seen. Most of the film was shot in Stillwater, Minnesota, a beautiful town located on the St. Croix River. They must have really scouted locations for filming, because they did a great job. The story is well written, and directed. I would rate this as one of Peter Horton's best. I'm also surprised that Andrew Dintenfass (the director of photography) hasn't done more. He did an incredible job. The acting also rates up there. It's amazing to see two actors of such a young age pull off this type of film. Annabella Sciorra did a great job as Dexter's mother. Who wouldn't want her as a mother.


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