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The Cure (1995)

Joseph Mazzello , Brad Renfro , Peter Horton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Mazzello, Brad Renfro, Annabella Sciorra
  • Directors: Peter Horton
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0003JAOPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cure" on IMDb

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One summer, two boys went in search of a dream…and found the friendship of a lifetime. Joseph Mazzello (The River Wild; The Lost World: Jurassic Park) and Brad Renfro (Ghost World, Apt Pupil) star in this heartwarming adventure story filled with laughter, compassion and the enduring power of hope. New to a quaint, riverside community, eleven-year-old Dexter (Mazzello) and his single mom are quickly shunned when it's learned the boy has AIDS. Next door lives Erik (Renfro), a lonely latch-key bully who surprisingly initiates a friendship. But trouble soon finds the twosome after they read a tabloid that suggests a New Orleans doctor has a cure. Determined to find him, the boys build a raft and set sail down the mighty Mississippi, "Tom Sawyer" style, in a magical, often hilarious journey that gives Dexter a chance to experience life as it should be lived and will change both boys' lives forever. Directed by Peter Horton (TV's "Once and Again," "MDs"), The Cure is a brilliantly captivating story for the whole family which KNBC-TV hails as "a testament to friendship, loyalty and love."

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring tale of profound friendship. October 19, 2004
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Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park, Simon Birch, The River Wild, Radio Flyer, Three Wishes, Star Kid) stars as 11-year-old Dexter in this wonderful but sad story of a boy who caught AIDS from a blood transfusion. Dexter is shunned by all the children in school and the neighborhood until troubled neighbor Erik, played by Brad Renfro (The Client, Sleepers, Tom and Huck, Apt Pupil, Bully) befriends him - initially as an act of rebellion! But Erik soon becomes devoted to Dexter, leading him down the Mississippi river in search of a cure. What I found most interesting and original about this movie is the notion that Erik was a rebellious kid (in the opening scene he's vandalizing his desk in school), who initially befriends Dexter because that's exactly what everyone - peers and parents - oppose. But the result is one of the most touching friendships in the movies.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wapaa!!! July 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I was lucky enough to have first seen this movie at a special screening in San Diego in April of 1995. The theater was filled with only high school students (from around the country who were attending a journalism convention) and there was not one dry eye by the end of the credits. Even the 'jocks' were *gasp* sobbing! The next day I was able to talk with director Peter Horton which helped me come to appreciate this wonderful story even more. I've recommended this movie to family and friends and not a single person I know who has seen it has regretted it.
The cast does a superb job. All aspects of the story are believable...from the antics of eleven-year-old boys to the touching warmth of Dexter's relationship with his mom. We all know a Dexter or an Erik. We don't have to know someone living with AIDS or HIV or someone who has been bullied. It is the spirit of the two boys that Joseph and Brad are able to capture, and the incredible friendship they forge, that rings true and touches the hearts of those who have been affected by this film.
The sountrack is also amazing. Dave Grusin worked his magic with the score. Marc Cohn's 'Great Escape' is a perfect fit. My only beef is that Marc never recorded a full version of the song and it doesn't show up on the cd, even if only in its unfinished form.
Unfortunately, this film never got a wide theater release. The topic of a young child with AIDS seemed to be too 'controversial' at the time. It saw limited release on VHS and has never been released on DVD. That more people have not been able to see this film is a great injustice for which I am frustrated and greatly saddened. I feel strongly that Universal Studios has failed miserably to promote the jewel they have in this movie.
This is one of my favorite movies.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows All Other Movies In The Dust May 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Joseph Mazzello is 11-year-old Dexter. Dexter received the HIV virus when he was very young from a blood transfusion. He now has AIDS. And his only friend is his single mother, Linda, played by Annabella Sciorra.
Brad Renfro is Erik. Erik is a kid that is sort of a loner at school. All the other kids at the school call him bad names relating to homosexuals. They also walk on the other side of the hall when he's walking by because Dexter moved in behind his house. He has a drunk for a mother and his father lives in New Orleans with his 23-year-old girlfriend.
When summer vacation starts Dexter and Erik start up a friendship and they soon become best friends. They do fun things together and Dexter starts living his childhood as it should be lived. In their playing around they come up with unique ways for how to cure Dexter, but of course none of them work. One day they were at the supermarket and find a tabloid that says the cure for AIDS was found by a backwoods doctor in New Orleans. They tell Dexter's mom about this but she doesn't believe it.
Erik's mom Gail finds out that they two kids are playing with each other. She is misinformed about AIDS so she tells Erik that he is not to play with Dexter and that she is sending him to summer camp. So Erik got to thinking that he and Dexter could go and find the cure in New Orleans so he could be aloud to play with Dexter. They run away from their home of Stillwater, Minnesota and sail down the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers to find the cure.
This is a wonderful tale of true friendship. Erik and Dexter have a friendship more powerful than most people will ever experience in their lifetime. "The Cure" touches you deep inside and just makes you want to do something for the real children who are suffering like Dexter.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The film is good, but... December 6, 2004
Format:DVD
This was a film I discovered by accident - and fell in love with. Strong performances all around, and a captivating, yet not too sentimental story line.

But... Why has Universal not bothered to remaster this gem for DVD release? The sound is MONO, and the aspect ratio of the film is 1,33:1. (Full frame, not widescreen.)I know this was not a great commercial success, but I think Universal should have taken more care with this release.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cure, The May 13, 2005
Format:DVD
If you want to know how loving and/or caring kids are...show them this movie. You'll learn a lot about their "true colors." I am a teacher that has shown this movie to all of my students for the past six years. I teach kids (with this movie) that even though they might have it bad because they live in rough and poor neighborhoods, they might actually have it better than others. Most of my female students cry because it is such a sad story. I've also had many of my male students cry as well. None of my students have ever made fun of each other about crying. This story brings up several topics that many people would dare not talk about. It is a great movie and if you are a teacher, this is a "must see" for all your kids!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
have seen it in the past wanted a copy
Published 10 days ago by Rod L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So great!
Published 17 days ago by Nickie
5.0 out of 5 stars The cure
This DVD is very inspiring and sad at the time because the boy dies while tricking the nurses to see what will happen if he will die.
Published 17 days ago by Capital One Platinum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful family movie. Get the tissues.
Published 26 days ago by Kevin F
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating the Cure
I have always loved this movie...but I also require closed caption and this movie doesn't have it. One thing very good about it is that it is full screen.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Davey
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Movie
This is a good moral movie that the whole family can watch together. I would recommend this movie to you as well.
Published 4 months ago by Tractor Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie will be enjoyed by all ages.
This movie was fantastic. It was funny, mischievous, adventurous, serious and sad. I laughed often and shed tears at end when boy lost his life to AIDS as did my son. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandra L. Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a beautiful movie about true friendship between two young boys. Touching and sincere, it's a great addition for those who enjoy a movie with meaning.
Published 7 months ago by Roxanne Yannul
5.0 out of 5 stars on time
good quality and very good movie. I got my movies on time and I am very pleased!!! I will order again in the near future...
Published 7 months ago by Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEEE IT
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE A FRIEND TOLD ME TO GET IT. I AM SO GLAD I DID
Published 9 months ago by HEATHER
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