Actors: William L. Petersen, Joshua Zuehlke, Alex English, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gregory Peck
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Amazing Grace and Chuck|
|Chuck Murdock is a good kid and a crack Little League pitcher from a small town in Montana. After taking a tour of nuclear missile siloes with his classmates, Chuck becomes obsessed by nuclear war and decides to stage a personal protest against it by refusing to play ball until the weapons are dismantled. A pro basketball player with the Boston Celtics named "Amazing" Grace Smith hears about Chuck's crusade and decides to join the kid's strike, moving out to Montana to be near him, annoying his agent (Curtis), and convincing other pro athletes to come on board. All the notoriety turns the town against Chuck and his family, with his befuddled father (Petersen) caught in the middle. Eventually, even the President (Peck) has to sit up and take notice. This Capra-like film, a classic what-one-person-can-achieve-if-he-puts-his-mind-to-it tale, is as sweet and clumsy as its title. Denver Nuggets star English is a surprisingly photogenic and natural actor in his screen debut, and Red Auerbach cameos as himself. Director Mike Newell had mostly done TV before this 1987 effort, but would go on to make the much more accomplished "Enchanted April" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- liberal/lefty activism
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/standard curly
- (man) average build
How much in movie?
- general circumstances
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fort/military installation
- sports arena
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Movie makes you feel...
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