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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:
Cayden Boyd ... Ben Reynolds
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Ben's Mother
Matthew Modine ... Ben's Father
Noah Grabowski Noah Grabowski ... Ben at 2
J.D. Garfield J.D. Garfield ... Father in Diner
Johnny Cotugno Johnny Cotugno ... Plumber (as John Cotugno)
Jeff Griffin ... Roofer
Candace Campfield Candace Campfield ... Accountant
Mary Evans Mary Evans ... Cassie's Mother
AnnaSophia Robb ... Cassie Kennington
Mike Miller ... Sheriff LeClaire (as Michael Miller)
Bill Allen ... Cassie's Father (as William Lawrence Allen)
Michael Clark Michael Clark ... Truck Driver #1
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Truck Driver #2 (as Boots Sutherland)
Val Kilmer ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A West Texas Children's Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Mountainair, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

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Dolby
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The working title was "A West Texas Children's Story". 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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Written By Ryan Howe and Mark Davis
Produced By Ryan Howeand Mark Davis
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A Sweet and Touching Road Movie
14 June 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 60's, in West Texas, twelve year-old Ben (Cayden Boyd) is a boy neglected by his parents. His mother (Lara Flynn Boyle) 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 (AnnaSophia Robb) 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 (Heather Graham) and uncle (Dylan McDermott) 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.

One of these days I saw the trailer of "Have Dreams, Will Travel" and I liked it so much that I bought the DVD. I have just watched this sweet and touching road movie and I really loved the story, the screenplay, the performances and the direction. I do not know whether it is intentional or not, but there are many scenes of the camera against the light creating dark images that I did not like. AnnaSophia Robb is amazing, with another awesome performance in a complex role. Cayden Boyd is also fantastic in the difficult role of Ben. Val Kilmer has a minor participation, but I believe this is his best interpretation and role in the last years. The secret of Cassie is a heartbreaking moment in the plot and the conclusion is very beautiful. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Em Busca da Felicidade" ("Searching Happiness")


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