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If I Had Wings (2013)

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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

Determined to run for his high school's cross-country team, the sixteen-year-old runner, Alex Taylor, seems to indulge himself with an out-of-reach aspiration, as young Alex has been blind since the age of two. Under those circumstances, Geoff Taylor, a probation officer for teens and Alex's father, strikes up a deal with an unlikely running partner: the troubled youth, Brad Coleman, an exceptional runner who, unfortunately, squanders his talent running away from the law. Now, as the two boys have to work together in unison to overcome not only the prejudices of the coach, the track team members, and of course, bullying, a genuine but fragile bond begins to form. Will Alex and Brad make their dream come true? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

His dream... His chance... Their race.

Genres:

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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Trivia

Alex's number in the final race is the year Richard Harmon was born, 1991. 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

[Rather than talk about running practice, Alex excuses himself from dinner]
Sandy Taylor: It's Brad, isn't it? He's harassing you.
Alex Taylor: I just have a lot of homework to do, Mom. That's it.
Sandy Taylor: Did he pull on your underwear?
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Counting Raindrops
Written and performed by Debra Scott
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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 2013 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

If I Had Wings See more »

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