A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.
Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Emily refuse to be an eagle like Joe because they "eat bunny rabbits" and she's a vegetarian (and in her next life too) and hints that she would rather be a dragonfly. Dragonflies are predatory insects that feed mainly on mosquitoes, flies and bees. See more »
[over the phone]
It's bad, Joe. They're evacuating the villages. We're about to be washed out. We're hearing gunfire now.
Can you... can you get to Calamar? Can you get across the border to Columbia?
They're putting us on the bus. I don't know where they're taking us. Joe? Joe?
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The DVD also features the following scenes:
Joe performing surgery and Hugh asking him if he's comfortable playing God
Joe seeing the boy Jeffrey in his house before waking up from a dream; an alternate end to the dinner where Joe is called away from dinner with the Darrows - they briefly discuss how they tried to get him to go into private practice and then he has a flashback to him and his wife listening to their unborn child
the bit from the trailer with Emily emerging from the hospital elevator mentioned earlier
and another bit where Joe sees a beckoning Emily in the hospital as a nurse discusses a eye transplant.
This is mainly a vehicle for Kevin Costner, who dominates the film. There really is no co-star of the movie.
Despite a film that centers around atheists and has a disappointing finish, I still found the film interesting. Knowing the ending, and that it wasn't that good, doesn't inspire me to watch this again unless it's years from now and I've forgotten the story. I'll just remember it was an entertaining movie.
Th middle part of this 104-minute movie is the best and is scary in parts. It's beautifully filmed and looks great on DVD. Also, the profanity is very low. All in all, if you haven't seen it, it's definitely recommended but I would hesitate before buying it. This is just not a film you would watch over and over.
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