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Actors: James Caviezel, Mary McCormack, Jake Lloyd, Bruce Dern, Paul Dooley
Director: William Bindley
The Miss Madison may have seen better days, but she's about to go out in a blaze of glory. The pride of Madison, Indiana, the dilapidated hydroplane's been entered in the 1971 Gold Cup Championship race, whose $50,000 priz... more »
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Hazel S. from CARRIERE, MS
Reviewed on 10/26/2010...
Awesome family movie, helps us to see the importance of family. Very good.
Good family movie
Proud Hoosier | Madison, IN | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first saw this movie it brought back the memories of years ago. I remembered those summer days when we would hear the sound of the piston powered boats on the Ohio River and couldn't wait to get down to the riverfront. It's a great movie for those who enjoy hydroplane racing and a small town atmosphere."
An excellent "feel good" film for the whole family
Lorenzo | 09/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As one who spent many a summer weekend in the town of Madison during the seventies, it's as if this movie were custom made for folks like us, so objectivity is somewhat out the window.
Nonetheless, one need not be a Hoosier to enjoy this movie, based on a true story about a small town team with no budget, professional talent, inventory or modern technology taking on the likes of "Budweiser" and "Atlas Van Lines" and succeeding beyond imagination.
This film won a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival. How often do you see a standing ovation for a film?
John Mellencamp's narration also adds a nice Hoosier touch.
For those who would quibble that the facts aren't 100% straight, the boats are not the correct vintage, etc. it is well to remember that this is a movie based on a true story, whereas the Wide World of Sports account is the better documentary.
Good Racing Movie
3 Forever | Charlotte NC | 08/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Overall, it was a very good movie. If you're an "old" diehard like me, you will quickly notice that most of the boats used were incorrect (boats that were actually pickle forks, boats long retired before this Gold Cup, etc.) I'm sure there is no big stockpile of vintage boats, and they did the best with what they had, especially the crash scenes using RC hydros. It was somewhat historically accurate probably due to problems portraying the actual drivers, sponsors, etc. However, it was an inspiring movie similar to "Rocky" and is well worth seeing. It was great to hear the old pistons again and brought back great memories. We saw it at the theatres, but I don't believe you will lose much on a home system."