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Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 October 2000 (USA)
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A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eugene Simonet
... Arlene McKinney
... Trevor McKinney
... Chris Chandler
... Jerry (as James Caviezel)
... Ricky McKinney
... Grace
... Sidney Parker
Gary Werntz ... Mr. Thorsen
... Woman on Bridge
... Adam
... Bonnie
... Michelle
... Nurse
... Thorsen's Daughter (as Hannah Werntz)
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Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including substance abuse/recovery, some sexual situations, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cadena de favores  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,631,359, 22 October 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,519,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,707,411
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Trivia

The license plate 2GAT123, which appears in this film, is also featured in Traffic (2000), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Mulholland Dr. (2001), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), L.A. Story (1991), Two and a Half Men (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003), and Go (1999). See more »

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When the homeless guy is speaking to Arlene in the garage you can see that his teeth are good. During the shot when a woman wants to jump from the bridge, this guy goes to her and starts smiling, it's totally seen that his teeth are bad and dirty. See more »

Quotes

Eugene: I will always care... about you, always.
Trevor McKenney: Yeah. You're my teacher. They pay you to.
[Trevor leaves the classroom]
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Win Your Love for Me
Written and Performedy by Sam Cooke
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A very moving movie
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most moving movies that I have seen in years. The performances are excellent by all the cast members and the emotional tie you develop with the characters is so amazing that you start to feel what they are feeling and go through their good and bad times. This movie is inspiring and heart driven. I really enjoyed this movie because of the well written story and smoothly moving plot of this movie. The movie does not leave you confused as to what is going on or why. That's why I gave this movie a 10, because it is excellent. The odd thing is about movies, the ones that aren't really that good get the awards, yet the really good ones never get one. I have really never understood that. This movie should have been given an award.


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