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A West Texas Children's Story (2007)

Have Dreams, Will Travel (original title)
Set in the 1960s, a magical tale of two 12-year-olds embarking on an adventure to find new, cool parents and escape their neglected, overly adult existence.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Reynolds
... Ben's Mother
... Ben's Father
Noah Grabowski ... Ben at 2
J.D. Garfield ... Father in Diner
Johnny Cotugno ... Plumber (as John Cotugno)
... Roofer
Candace Campfield ... Accountant
Mary Evans ... Cassie's Mother
... Cassie Kennington
... Sheriff LeClaire (as Michael Miller)
... Cassie's Father (as William Lawrence Allen)
Michael Clark ... Truck Driver #1
Boots Southerland ... Truck Driver #2 (as Boots Sutherland)
... Henderson
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In the 60's, in West Texas, twelve year-old Ben is a boy neglected by his parents. His mother is obsessed by the movie stars of Hollywood and every afternoon she goes to the movie theater, while his father spends his spare time building a boat. One night, there is a car wreck in front of Ben's parents dining where only the girl Cassie survives with a broken arm. Ben's parents lodges Cassie during her recovery and she becomes friend of Ben. Later the mature girl convinces Ben to travel with her to Baltimore, where her modern and liberal aunt and uncle live. They hitchhike through Arkansas, Kentucky and Virginia in a journey of friendship and discoveries until they reach Baltimore. Their adventure ends when Cassie has a breakdown and is interned in the Mercy Psychiatric Ward in Virginia and Ben joins the Military Academy in North Caroline to stay close to Cassie. But the girl had a plan for them and Ben gives his best effort to make her dream come true. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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6 June 2008 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Originally set for a US theatrical release in late 2007 and then 2008, it languished in a vault secondary to the production company going bankrupt after post-production was already completed. See more »

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[first lines]
Ben: [narrating] I'm just a kid, there's a lot I don't know. But one thing I do know, is that my folks should never have married. And they definitely should never had a kid.
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Swingin on a Rainbow
Written by Peter De Angelis and Robert P. Marcucci
Performed by Frankie Avalon
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing
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Amazing plan of life
19 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I just viewed this magnificent gem of a movie and was awed by how rich and complex it is despite the simplicity of its story and some production flaws. It is amazing how Cassie, at such a young age, manages to drive her life with Ben along to a great plan -- and see it to its fulfillment. Equally amazing is how Ben complies with it all along, and gives strength to Cas at her lowest point.

Overall, this is an adult fairy tale with the most realistic and bittersweet happily-ever-after ending anyone can hope to have. Grown-ups (like me) will be lead to re-examine their lives, while teens and young adults will take away many important points -- like the importance of having a plan they can hold on to for life, and of having someone with whom they can share their strengths to see it through.

This movie also sums up what I've long held to be true: a strong woman can make a man's life soar, and a man must recognize and respect this gift of her presence, if he is lucky enough to find her.

I feel lucky to have stumbled into this movie -- after nearly 5 years since it was shown! I hope more people will get to see it and spread its worth.


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