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Different Drummers (2013)

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When David, in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy, accurately foretells the death of their fourth grade teacher, a doubtful Lyle decides to test the existence of God by attempting to get David to run again.


Don Caron, Lyle Hatcher
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brayden Tucker Brayden Tucker ... Lyle Hatcher
Ethan Reed McKay ... David Dahlke (as Ethan McKay)
Colleen Carey ... Miss O'Donnell
D.R. Anderson ... Mr. Merrick (as Dan R. Anderson)
Lisa Coronado ... Mrs. Hatcher
Dawn Hunter Dawn Hunter ... Mrs. Stewart
Randy Weatherbee Randy Weatherbee ... Mr. Dahlke
David Brown-King ... Dennis Dahlke
Caroline Slater ... Sharon Anne
Jonah Beres ... Steve Hatcher
Tiffany Abrams Tiffany Abrams ... Rayleen
Meg McLynn ... Mrs. Dahlke
Sandra Olgard Sandra Olgard ... Mrs. Maxfield
Damon Mentzer Damon Mentzer ... Mr. Hatcher (as Damon Curtis Mentzer)
Ron Ford ... Ben the Bus Driver


Different Drummers is based on a true story about two unusual boys in Spokane, Washington in the mid 1960s. In this more innocent time, when body builder Jack Lalanne ruled the airwaves, the two heroes, a couple of elementary school students, make a bold attempt to triumph over mortality through friendship. Eleven year old David is slowing down and is now wheelchair-bound by muscular dystrophy, while Lyle can't stop speeding up. Back then, he was referred to as having a condition called MDB (Minimal Brain Dysfunction) but today he would be diagnosed with "Attention Deficit Disorder." Lyle wants more than anything to get David out of his wheelchair and running again, and he concocts a wild scheme involving a science project, some firemen, drummers, the school principal, a cop and a hand-walk across the school gymnasium, among other things. It works like this: Inspired by his TV idol, Lalanne, and his message of "intestinal fortitude and willpower," Lyle manages to convince David that ... Written by Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some mischief and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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15 March 2014 | by kristen_pantherSee all my reviews

i loved everything about this movie! i loved it so much i would definitely see it again!! :) awesome story and awesome actors and actresses. i cant say enough about how much i loved this movie and how i would go see it over and over again!! i went all the way into downtown Spokane to see the movie when it was just at the one theater. i am so excited that it is at the theater close to my house now. the acting in this move is awesome! I love all the local acting in this movie. this is the first locally produced movie that i have seen in a long time and i love that Spokane is back out on the big screen! :) everyone please go see this!!

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12 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA


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$19,000, 12 January 2014
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