The story of an 11-year-old boy whose derby dreams are left in pieces when his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan. The boy teams up with a father figure whose own son, a firefighter, ...
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A girl returns from a failed Hollywood career to her West Texas home, to say good-bye to her dying mother, only to find an eccentric, ex-pro football player, selling postcards and singing to his horse, while taking care of a sister she never knew and past she tried to leave behind.
John C. McGinley
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The story of an 11-year-old boy whose derby dreams are left in pieces when his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan. The boy teams up with a father figure whose own son, a firefighter, died in the line of duty, and the two help each other find redemption and revive the derby.Written by
This movie was written in part to help raise funds and find new sponsors for the Akron Soap Box Derby. Product placements were made for companies making contributions to the Derby. Casting calls were made to gather extras and people to help with production from people living in the Akron, Ohio area. Thousands of people showed up for an opportunity to be in the movie and get their names in the credits. See more »
(at around 22 mins) During Trey Caldwell and Roy Gibbs work together on the soap box (in a close-up of their hands as they use the Phillips screwdriver blade of a Swiss Army knife), their watches show different times: Trey's digital watch displays 9:02, Roy's analogue watch 5:51. See more »
I didn't put you anywhere. You're a grown up, you can put yourself where ever you want.
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Apple pie as they come but a very touching and heartwarming family film. I have no issues with being candy sweet and wishfulness, it takes the brakes off and allows indulgence. A boys pain turns to dreams and determination regarding the soap box derby and along the way he touches the hearts of those around him. A little schmaltzy in the Christian area but a refreshing conclusion with a different set of ideas of what it is to win. It was well paced and very cute but sometimes that is what is needed over cocoa and popcorn, for me anyway. I would imagine kids between 8 - 14 might just enjoy this movie. The boy in me did. It was nice to see Ralph Waite (old man Walton) in the credits as the derby manager, as I said. Apple pie !
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