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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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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 2013 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

If I Had Wings See more »

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Color
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Trivia

When reprimanding Tyson after the assault, Mrs. McVie says that what he did was "cruel and unusual". Richard Harmon, who plays Alex, later played the role of William in the film "Cruel and Unusual". See more »

Goofs

Every time Alex is injured, he ends up cut and bleeding on his upper left forehead. Odds against repeated accidental injuries always befalling one spot are astronomical. See more »

Quotes

Alex Taylor: Julie, is everyone just standing there, awkwardly staring with their mouths hanging open?
Julie: Yeah.
Alex Taylor: We should probably go before they let all the air out of their heads.
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The Road
Written and performed by Jett Pace
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Great story with multiple angles
23 June 2015 | by davidball33See all my reviews

I enjoyed the film and the various story lines presented kept me interested and kept the plot moving. A good watch.

As a former XC runner myself, the director could have done much more research into the sport. Many facts/reality are not there, had they been I would have notched this up a bit higher. Also made the 'villain' in the movie difficult to believe because the sport doesn't typically attract those type of jocks.

The back-and-forth between the runners assigned to each other was what I found most intriguing.

Good cinematography that helped tell a well-written story.


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