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Running Time:
1 hour, 45 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some mild language and sports peril

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
You'll find just about every sports-movie cliché ever invented in this schmaltzy but touching family movie.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Making-of Featurette

Jim McCormick (Jim Caviezel) has left hydroplane boat racing and its dangers behind him in favor of a wife, a family and a job as the town’s air-conditioner repairman. But deep inside, the dream of once again piloting the community-owned Miss Madison lives on. Sadly, like the town of Madison itself, the Miss Madison is a shadow of her former self. Several years old and in constant disrepair, the boat has become the laughing stock of hydroplane racing. And the make matters worse, Madison’s competitors on the circuit, such as the Miss Budweiser, have rich corporate sponsorships, top-of-the-line equipment, round-the-clock maintenance and huge, well-paid crews. The Miss Madison struggles to even make an appearance in the distant cities of Seattle, Chicago and Miami where the boats must race. In 1971 Madison, on a fluke, is offered the chance to host the prestigious Gold Cup championship, and it’s too much for McCormick to resist, even though no one else on the circuit wants them to do it – or thinks they can afford it. But McCormick rallies his community in an attempt to bring exposure and excitement to the dying town. Along the way, Jim must deal with a skeptical town, a demoralized crew, a wife, Bonnie (Mary McCormack), eager to move the family to a big city economy, and a progressively more disillusioned son, Mike (Jake Lloyd), tired of always being the underdog and watching big money wing out over big heart at every race. But McCormick is not to be deterred. With the help of his right hand Tony (Brent Briscoe), and a reluctant favor from long retired boat mechanic Harry Volpi (Bruce Dern), he stubbornly marches on. Not only does the town host the race, they offer the rest of the teams a glimpse at small town hospitality. And while for Jim McCormick the opportunity to race again is sweet, sweeter still is getting the chance to show his son the importance of being proud of himself and his hometown.

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