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Where Hope Grows (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 15 May 2015 (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


Chris Dowling
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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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Did You Know?


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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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


When Did I Stop Believing
Written by Jason Manns & Aaron Beaumont
Performed by Jason Manns
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This is the movie that needs to be seen this summer
15 May 2015 | by matt_sieganSee all my reviews

"Where Hope Grows" is an inspiring and uplifting film filled with positivity and, well, hope! The film centers around the friendship between a down and out ex- ballplayer and the produce stocker at the grocery store, who happens to have Down Syndrome. The best part of this film is that nothing is served up with a hit you over the head message. Instead, there is just a quality story that is enjoyable to watch unfold as the characters learn to accept themselves and one another, and, through doing so become the best versions of themselves. No punches are pulled in the handling of the material, which is a welcome change to films usually of this nature. And with a killer cast anchored by the incredibly affable Kristoffer Polaha as the ballplayer and David DeSanctis as Produce in a performance that deserves to nab both notoriety and nominations, this is simply the movie that people need to see this summer. This film makes me want to be the best version of myself. I learned a lot from Produce and encourage you all to take this journey and do the same. You will be rewarded with a great supporting cast that is immediately recognizable (Danica McKellar, William Zabka, Kerr Smith, Brooke Burns) while not stealing the film away from the central story. And that story is real, thoughtful, moving, funny, and filled with a sweet, hopefulness throughout. Simply put, this is what film should be and a prime example of why indie film needs to be supported. You can do just that by catching this one in the theaters today!

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15 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Louisville, Kentucky, USA See more »


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$457,287, 17 May 2015

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