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.
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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True friendship, no matter how brief, can influence you for a lifetime.
Different Drummers is a "tell all your friends" movie. When people ask me what makes this movie one I highly recommend, I am quick to tell them it's a TRUE story. A story of two young boys - one with Muscular Dystrophy and one diagnosed with ADHD- who experience an unlikely connection and develop a treasured friendship. They help each other tackle problems, dream big dreams, and navigate limitations.
I was pleased to discover that the movie stays true to the book and maintains the essence of this tender story. The characters are believable, sensitive, and brave. There may be tears at the end, but rest assured that you will smile when you think of this uplifting story.
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