A story about a man's personal struggle to victory in the 1971 Madison, Indiana hydro-plane regatta.


William Bindley





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Jim McCormick
Jake Lloyd ... Mike McCormick
Mary McCormack ... Bonnie McCormick
Bruce Dern ... Harry Volpi
Paul Dooley ... Mayor Don Vaughn
Brent Briscoe ... Tony Steinhardt
Mark Fauser ... Travis
Reed Diamond ... Skip Naughton
Frank Knapp Jr. ... Bobby Humphrey
Chelcie Ross ... Roger Epperson
Byrne Piven ... George Wallin
William Shockley ... Rick Winston
Matt Letscher ... Owen
Richard Lee Jackson ... Buddy Johnson
Kristina Anapau ... Tami Johnson


Madison, Indiana, 1971. The Ohio river port is in full economic decline, its last pride and obsession being its uniquely town-owned power boat, although the raggedy old donation from a millionaire decades ago never comes close to a win. With his doted upon son Mike as most devoted fan, air-conditioner repairman Jim McCormick, who had to stop piloting it after a near-fatal accident, devotes all his 'spare' time to it, turning down professional opportunities as that would mean moving, as his wife suggests. Things climax when he realizes the town will either be scrapped from the national racing circuit or host the Gold Cup itself, requiring $50,000 fund raising. Written by KGF Vissers

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A town's future is riding with one man.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sports peril | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The boat depicted as the Miss Budweiser, actually raced under the Budweiser name in 1980. The Budweiser hydroplane at the time flipped and was severely damaged while trying to qualify in the Seattle Seafair race. Chuck Hickling, who was the builder and owner of the boat then known as the Tempus, agreed to race the boat under the Budweiser name and number, U-12, to finish the season and win the National High Point Championship. See more »


During the Gold Cup race, aerial shots show modern cabin-forward closed canopy hydroplanes sitting in the pits when it is supposed to set in 1971. See more »


[first lines]
Adult Mike McCormick: [narrating] Why is it that everything important that happens to you when you're a kid, happens during the summer? In the summer of 1971 I was ten years old, and the only thing I looked forward to more than the last day of school, was the first day of practice of the hydroplane racing season. You could say Madison kids were born into racing, the same way some folks were born into the oil business or farming.
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Features ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) See more »


Glory Bound
Written by Dan Walsh, Harry Price, Steve Barri and Dennis Provisor
Performed by The Grass Roots
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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My nieces were in the film!
5 February 2002 | by rborgesSee all my reviews

My twin nieces, Haley and Hunter Reed, were in the movie Madison. They weren't even a year old (now they are 3) when they shared the part of Jim and Bonnie McCormick's baby daughter! Our family was lucky enough to see the film in Indianapolis in October of 2001 during the Heartland Film festival. They have a lot of scenes in the movie that I didn't expect to be there. A heart wrenching scene where one of them is crying in the back seat of the car made it in...I just happened to be at the set the day they filmed the scene. It was hard to watch it that day too! They are my little movie stars in the making!

The movie was great! Jim Caviezel was amazing! I can't wait for it to be released so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be soon. I saw a portion of the movie before John Mellencamp did the narration and I think that he definitely added a lot to the film! It is great to have another movie that Indiana can be really proud of. I would rank it up there with Hoosiers and Breaking Away!

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]





Release Date:

28 September 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Madison See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$268,370, 24 April 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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