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Madison (2005)

Jim Caviezel , Mary McCormack , William Bindley  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Mary McCormack, Jake Lloyd, Bruce Dern, Paul Dooley
  • Directors: William Bindley
  • Writers: William Bindley, Scott Bindley
  • Producers: Adam Carl, Beau Nortell, Carl Amari, Chris Dennis, Hal Olofsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Premiere Marketing & Distribution Group, The
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A50442
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 prize money has been raised by the town itself. Chosen to pilot the craft is Jim McCormick (Jim Caviezel, The Passion of the Christ), a local man who's sacrificed his family's future to enter the race. Supported by an idolizing son (Jake Lloyd, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace), an understanding wife (Mary McCormack, Full Frontal) and a legendary mechanic (Academy Award®-Nominee Bruce Dern, Best Supporting Actor, Coming Home, 1978), Jim takes the Miss Madison on her final voyage, in a race to the finish that will leave you cheering!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent "feel good" film for the whole family September 5, 2005
By Lorenzo
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Racing Movie August 17, 2005
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pro Madison-Madisonian September 18, 2005
I first heard about the movie, "Madison," on the Madison, Indiana website, "[...]," and then I saw the movie in a theatre down the street from my daughter's home in Burbank, California. This movie was made for Madisonians like me, I love movies and I love Madison, Indiana. I grew up there. I attended the Madison High School Class of 1958, 40th Reunion during Labor Day weekend in 1998. The reunion happened to coincide with the Regatta weekend. It was nice to know there was still a Madison Regatta and to hear the thunder boats roar up and down the river. I amazed that everyone I spoke with in Madison seemed so knowledgeable about hydroplane racing. They are not hicks. The harshest critics of the movie live in Madison, Indiana. Madison, Indiana has been the setting for two films in my lifetime, "Some Came Running (1958)", and, "Madison (2000)". That's pretty good for a nowhere town. The old town photographs pretty well. Madison is a good family film about hydroplane racing. The Bindley brothers did a fine job. I bought the DVD and will recommend it to my friends and associates.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie September 7, 2005
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Unlimited hydroplane boat racing may not be the most exciting sport in the world, unless you're from Madison, Indiana, where the sport was born - then it's everything. The town even owns its own boat, the Miss Madison. But she's on her last leg and has become the laughing stock of the racing circuit, much to the unhappiness of ten-year-old Mike McCormick - played by Jake Lloyd - who is just now getting to travel with the team. As the racing commission prepares to kick Madison off the circuit so a more lucrative team can join, the luck of the draw gives Madison the opportunity to save face and their place on the circuit by hosting the 1971 Gold Cup Championship. But it means coming up with the $50,000 prize money, getting their boat in shape, and finding a new driver. Can they do it?

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Prejudiced February 14, 2007
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I love the town so I was pleased when I loved the movie. Madison was filmed on location in the Indiana river town. It is a family movie which involves father/son bonding, husband/wife conflicts, small town loyalties, and the sport of unlimited speed boat racing.

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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