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Madison (2001)

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

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William Bindley

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Cast

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 Byrne Piven ... George Wallin
William Shockley ... Rick Winston
Matt Letscher ... Owen
Richard Lee Jackson ... Buddy Johnson
Kristina Anapau ... Tami Johnson
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мэдисон See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$268,370, 24 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$508,867, 8 May 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The year that the film was set in was significant for a number of things: for being the first and only time that a community-owned boat has ever won the Gold Cup. It also broke the Rolls-Royce powered boat dominance of the APBA's Crown Jewel race as an Allison powered boat had not won a race since 1966. The race marked the end of an era in terms of boat design, as the Miss Madison of 1971 was the last Unlimited hydroplane with the old-style rear cockpit-forward-engine, shovel-nosed bow configuration to ever achieve victory. See more »

Goofs

During the opening shot of Miss Madison making a test run, the driver has a white helmet and in other shots of the same run, the driver has an orange helmet. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

SHERI
Written by Stanley Turrentine
Performed by Stanley Turrentine
Courtesy of Windswept
On behalf of Time Records Inc.
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It's Heartwarming, But There Are Problems
9 October 2002 | by RonsrightonreviewsSee all my reviews

This is a heartwarming, true story with a great performance by Jim Caviezel. It puts the small town of Madison, Ind., an historic town along the Ohio River in its best light. However, this film's release has been delayed for a variety of reasons including the ongoing problems with the Premiere Marketing and Distribution Group, which was charged with promoting this fine movie. There are shades of Mayberry in the message of this movie. And, if you lived or been to Madison you'll love the wonderful scenery. It's well worth seeing. Bill Bindley does a fine job directing. However, if there are four or five good movies out there to see, this one probably wouldn't be at the top of list. I hope this movie comes out as currently scheduled at the end of January. The people of Madison deserve to see their hard work -- as well as the cast, crew and actors -- finally get the wide distribution it deserves. Sundance and the Heartland Film Festival acclaims are nice, but this movie is solid entertainment that the general public should have an opportunity to see.


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