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Amazing Grace and Chuck

Overview

When young Chuck Murdock Joshua Zuehlke visits a nuclear missile site, he learns that one bomb would destroy the earth in less time than it would take a piece of silverware to drop from his hand to the floor. This information sends the sensitive boy into existential angst. Wondering why anybody should do anything when the world can be destroyed so quickly, and hoping to raise consciousness about nuclear weapons, Chuck quits his Little League team. He gains a little bit of local press. One of those stories is read...
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Overview

When young Chuck Murdock Joshua Zuehlke visits a nuclear missile site, he learns that one bomb would destroy the earth in less time than it would take a piece of silverware to drop from his hand to the floor. This information sends the sensitive boy into existential angst. Wondering why anybody should do anything when the world can be destroyed so quickly, and hoping to raise consciousness about nuclear weapons, Chuck quits his Little League team. He gains a little bit of local press. One of those stories is read by NBA star "Amazing Grace" Smith Alex English, who is so moved by the boy's story that he too quits playing his sport. This produces a great deal of national press, as well as a handful of stars from other sports that decide to join the ranks of Amazing Grace and Chuck. Some powers that be in the sports world, as well as the government, do not look kindly upon these "strikes" and set about to end the movement. Amazing Grace and Chuck came near the end of a cycle of nuclear anxiety films that included Testament, The Day After, and Threads.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Mike Newell's Amazing Grace and Chuck is an old-fashioned message movie about a very modern fear. The escalation of nuclear weaponry during the '80s produced more than a handful of post-apocalyptic nightmare films. This film is less interested in scaring its audience than in getting them to actively prevent these doomsday scenarios from ever becoming a reality. This is a film that does not exist outside its very powerful premise. There is a hermetic, fairy-tale quality to the film. If one thinks about the feasibility of such a series of events, it would be impossible to suspend disbelief. But there is real power and emotional involvement in the film while it is being viewed. Joshua Zuehlke has wise, soulful eyes that go a long way toward communicating the fears he feels. Alex English, a true NBA standout, delivers a strong performance as a man shaken out of complacency by his conscience. Mike Newell's direction is low-key, but controlled. There is a strong sense of inevitability and purpose in the visuals. The film is too didactic to be great, but its heart is in the right place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • UPC: 043396388949
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,416

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Lee Curtis Lynn Taylor
Alex English Amazing Grace Smith
Gregory Peck President
William Petersen Russell Murdock
Joshua Zuehlke Chuck Murdock
Dennis Lipscomb Johnny B. Goode
Lee Richardson Jeffries
Frances Conroy Pamela Murdock
James Cotterell Third Baseman
Rudolf Svehia Russian Translator
James Toumey Aide
Dean Alexander Sports Broadcaster
Jim Allen Missile Soldier
Jim Antonio Strickland
Red Auerbach Himself
Alan Autry George
Michael Bond Aide
Steven Bothun Reporter
Michael Bowen Hot Dog
Clarence Felder Dick Ferguson
Lynne Turner Fitzgerald Network Anchor
Brian R. Hager First Baseman
Robert Harper Bowman
James Lindley Hathaway Jerome
A.J. Kallan Man in Truck
Matt Kerns Shortstop
Cortney Kutner Carolyn
Harvey Martin Mad Dog
Johnny Most Himself
Natalie Oliver Boston Reporter
Kurt Olsson Tommy
Gwen Petersen Teacher
Maite Petersen School Girl
John Russell Stuart Shipley
Joe Sabatini Airplane Mechanic
Robert Schenkkan Pollack
Vasek Simek Soviet Premier
Harris Smithe Soldier
Manfred Sypold Johann
Robert Tilson Soldier
Cara Wilder Laura
Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Ronald Bass Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Jack Buehler Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Kathy Estocin Makeup
David Field Producer, Screenwriter
Mali Finn Casting
Naomi Foner Screenwriter
Orwin Harvey Stunts
Peter Hollywood Editor
Rick Kerrigan Special Effects
John T. Kretchmer Asst. Director
John Myhre Art Director
Dena Roth Production Designer
Roger M. Rothstein Executive Producer
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Jonathan "Earl" Stein Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Ted Turner Consultant/advisor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amazing Grace and Chuck
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [9:59]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [9:59]
11. Chapter 11 [10:00]
12. Chapter 12 [5:02]
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Disc #1 -- Amazing Grace and Chuck
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