10-year-old Bart Millard lives with his mother and abusive father Arthur in Texas. One day his mother drops him off at a Christian camp where he meets Shannon. Upon his return from camp, Bart finds his mother has left and movers are removing her belongings. He angrily confronts his father, who denies that his abusiveness was the reason she left. Years later, in high school, Bart and Shannon are dating. Bart plays football to please his father, but is injured, breaking both ankles and ending his career. The only elective with openings is music class, so he reluctantly signs up..
When Bart's mom is driving him to the camp, and Bart puts in U2's The Joshua Tree cassette tape. Then a U2 song starts to play , but the song isn't from The Joshua Tree, instead the song is" Into the Heart" which is a song from their first album Boy. See more »
Bart, I'm terrified you saw what was written in my journal. Did you?
No. Wh-what're you talking about?
You're lying. You saw every word, didn't you?
Well, then here goes. You know what I think? I think that someday we're gonna fall in love, get married, and that's our destiny. And now I'm mortified. I'm gonna walk down this hill and help Kent.
Wa-wa-wa-wait wait. Shannon, please stay.
Why? Afraid of the dark? Afraid of monsters?
I just don't like being alone.
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"I Can Only Imagine" was a funny, interesting, inspiring, and powerful true-story about the most popular Christian song of all time. It was lighthearted and funny when I needed an emotional break, but the message was strong. If you don't go because it is faith-based, you are missing out. If you grew up in the Amy Grant/Michael W. Smith era like I did...it will be a little nostalgic. Watching the band struggle in the early years reminded me of every kid I knew as a camp counselor at Camp Electric in Nashville. It made me smile. Dennis Quaid was impactful as the abusive father. It had something for everyone. I'll be going back next week with friends.
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