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If I Had Wings (2013)

A policeman father gets a repeat juvenile offender to be a cross country running partner for his blind high school son.

Director:

Allan Harmon

Writers:

Michael Markus, Tim Stubinski (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harmon ... Alex Taylor
Jaren Brandt Bartlett Jaren Brandt Bartlett ... Brad Coleman
Craig Bierko ... Geoff Taylor
Jill Hennessy ... Sandy Taylor
Lorne Cardinal ... Angus Coleman
Genevieve Buechner ... Julie
Jessica Harmon ... Mrs. McVie
Dylan Playfair ... Tyson
Alex Barima ... Mitchell
Lyle Reginald Lyle Reginald ... Ricky Coleman
Alexander Calvert ... Vince Bernard
Bryce Hodgson ... Billy Bernard
Taylor Russell ... Amy Conrad (as Taylor Russell McKenzie)
Aren Buchholz ... Tall Boy
Colin Foo ... Old Storeowner
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Storyline

Seventeen-year-old Alex Taylor dreams of running for his high school's cross-country team, a dream that's a bit out of reach for this gifted runner as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Determined to run, he practices with his father, Probation Officer Geoff Taylor. Geoff, with additional girth and age working against him, finds he no longer can keep up with his son. He must find a running partner at the school who's fast enough to help Alex make the cross-country team. This help comes from the unlikeliest of sources. Brad Coleman, a schoolmate of Alex's, spends most of his time running from the law. Caught in a pathetic daytime robbery attempt, Brad faces incarceration for repeat offenses. To keep Brad out of jail and in school, Geoff makes a deal and pairs the two boys, opposite in many ways. Despite a rocky start over their many differences, an unlikely friendship forms. Written by Anonymous / edited by statmanjeff

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Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and for language and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 2013 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

Jessica Harmon (Mrs McVie) and Bryce Hodgson (Billy) have both appeared in IZombie as Dale Bozzio and Don E. See more »

Goofs

It's obvious when Alex falls (especially when he lands squarely on a garbage bag) that actor Richard Harmon is not blind. See more »

Quotes

Brad Coleman: Hey, uh... do we have any milk?
Angus Coleman: Milk?
Brad Coleman: Yeah, milk. You know, white stuff. It comes from a cow.
Angus Coleman: I am familiar with the concept. You want milk? Really?
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Take Me Higher
Written and performed by Jett Pace
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Loved this film!
25 April 2014 | by mmgibbs48See all my reviews

This was a really heartwarming film that struck a lot of the right chords: overcoming a disability; having tolerance and respect for persons who are different in terms of culture, race, or ability; and meeting the challenges of single parenthood. During the screening I attended in Vancouver in April, young people in the audience were well engaged and, in the climactic race scene, cheering on the hero. It's a well-paced film with high production values.

One of the challenges of a classic overcoming-the-odds film is making the characters and their situation believable. This film achieved a good level of credibility by giving all characters, both the good and the bad, a mix of traits. The hero has his faults, just as the less likable characters have their moments of grace and remorse.

The film is well acted throughout. It was a testament to Richard Harmon's acting that, in a Q&A session following the screening I attended, one of the audience asked whether the actor is blind or sighted.


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