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Where Hope Grows (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family | April 2014 (USA)
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A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.


Chris Dowling


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristoffer Polaha ... Calvin
David DeSanctis ... Produce
McKaley Miller ... Katie
Michael Grant ... Colt
William Zabka ... Milton (as Billy Zabka)
Brooke Burns ... Amy
Clyde Risley Jones Clyde Risley Jones ... Dexter (as Clyde Jones)
Alan Powell ... Franklin
Danica McKellar ... Susan
Kerr Smith ... Officer Minniear
Drew Cash ... Eric
J. Teddy Garces ... Doctor Jones
Chase Anderson ... Jackson
Sonya Thaper Sonya Thaper ... Nurse Meera
Michelle J. Fine Michelle J. Fine ... Nurse Kristen (as Michelle Fine)


A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store. Calvin Campbell is a retired baseball player and a father to Katie Campbell,an independent teenager. One day when he goes shopping for alcohol at the local market he meets an employee of the market. He talks to produce and is shocked when produce gives him a hug..

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An unexpected journey. An unexpected friendship.


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

N: Rated PG-13 for thematic issues involving drinking and teen sexuality, and for brief language and an accident scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Louisville, Kentucky, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$457,287, 17 May 2015

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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David DeSanctis will become one of the first actors with Down syndrome to play a leading role in an English-language feature film. See more »


Produce: I'm doing good. Even when I'm doing bad, I'm doing good.
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Written by Bryce Hopkins & Ben Carey
Performed by Elvis Monroe
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It changes you for the better
10 May 2015 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

he last Christian-themed or faith-based movie I actually enjoyed was "Fireproof" and that was more than seven years ago, I was a single man and that movie even spoke to me, whether or not you're married, whether or not you're a believer, you can learn a lot from "Fireproof," and I think that's what makes WHERE HOPE GROWS effective, is that you may be at the point in your life where you're still looking for what it is that you'd like to believe in, but you can still get something out of watching this good-hearted film that changes you for the better.

I'm with you there when I say that I don't like movies that are too preachy or all up in your face, shoving sermons down your throat, which is why I had avoided pretty much every faith-based movie since "Fireproof" because the level of preachiness just went through the roof, most of them were not even about story and characters anymore. If I wanted to watch sermons, I'd simply just straight up watch it off youtube, there's tons of evangelical seminars on the web, but if I come to watch a film, a film is what I want to end up watching.

From writer/director Chris Dowling, WHERE HOPE GROWS, in a nutshell is about Kristoffer Polaha's character, Calvin Campbell, a former pro baseball player whose career was cut short due to panic attacks at the plate. Nowadays, he turns to alcohol for solace and struggles raising his teen daughter (McKaley Miller). Calvin strikes an unlikely friendship with a young man with down syndrome, Produce (David DeSanctis) who works at a local grocery store. This friendship gives Calvin a new look on life as he finds redemption, but this friendship will also be put to the test.

I think it's wise move on the filmmakers' part that they cast an actual man with down syndrome to play Produce, instead of having actors like Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Radio") or Dustin Hoffman ("Rain Man") for example. There is a benefit to actors convincingly pretending to be what they're not, but there is an even more benefit to just giving the role to someone who literally knows what it's like to be that person. And David does a fantastic job of balancing vulnerability, humor, and ingenuity. You take a few seconds look at David and the way he carries himself, and it suddenly makes you want to be a better person. I must admit, as far as filmmaking goes, it's extremely simple, nothing much about it that would blow your mind, this is a case of working within the budget that you're given. The plot is also very thin, very generic, this is the type of road from self pity to redemption that you've seen a thousand times before, but I still enjoy the themes quite much, and I think WHERE HOPE GROWS is an important film that young generation today need to watch so that they can learn to be more sensitive and tolerant and more accepting of those whose are different from us.

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