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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.
It looks pretty hopeless to Mike, whose dad, Jim McCormick - played by Jim Caviezel (I Am David, Count of Monte Cristo, Passion of the Christ) - used to be a driver. But he was injured in an accident in which his best friend died and, since then, has contented himself with just being a part of the team. Now, as the town prepares for the Gold Cup, the driver they thought they had lined up is killed in another race. Jim sees no other way but for him to climb back into the cockpit, much to the chagrin of his wife - played by Mary McCormack - and everyone else's better judgment. Will he follow the same fate as his friend and the previous driver?
There are a lot of similarities between Madison and other small-town-Indiana sports films - like Hoosers and Breaking Away. (Paul Dooley played the father in that film, and plays the mayor in this one.Read more ›
My wife and I have been visiting the town for over twenty years and it was fun to see so many familiar sites. In addition, there were a couple of walk ons by people we have become acquainted with in the town. And lastly, there is a happy ending. I love happy endings, especially when based on true stories.
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Great story about a motorsport that doesn't get much attention these days.Published 3 months ago by Jeff Kennedy
Great flic, my boys (middle aged) watched and I've seen it several times. The whole idea is from the America I grew up in and the hero is like the Americans I grew up with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by movie bug
Great film for the history of the Miss Madison hydroplane boat and the people of Madison Indiana who still own and support the team yet today.Published 5 months ago by Teresa Meyer
Great movie! Drama, action & good story line. True story about a town, on the Ohio river in Indiana, railing behind the small PBA power boat team Miss Madison. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Alan Fager
I love this movie. I am from Indiana and part of the movie was filmed in my town.Published 6 months ago by Pam Burns
A very well made movie about a little town. Love the movies Jim Caviezel does.Published 6 months ago by Laura Stewart