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..
The headphone set Bart is wearing at the beginning of the movie was made by Sony, but was not available in 1985. The model he is wearing became available in 1991 as the earpads became smaller. See more »
In the 1985 scenes, the record store has a poster in the window for the first .38 Special record. This album came out in 1977, and was not a big commercial success at its time of release; its popularity was eclipsed by the band's subsequent releases. Additionally, it was already horribly out of date by the time this scene is set; no record store would be likely to display a poster for an album eight years old that was not commercially successful. 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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