Based upon a true story, Madison is a father-son drama based on the highly publicized efforts in Madison, IN, during the hydroplane racing season of 1971. Jim McCormick (James Caviezel) has left behind his life of hydroplane boat racing to settle down and start a family and take a job as an air-conditioner repairman. Though he tries to embrace his ...Read MoreBased upon a true story, Madison is a father-son drama based on the highly publicized efforts in Madison, IN, during the hydroplane racing season of 1971. Jim McCormick (James Caviezel) has left behind his life of hydroplane boat racing to settle down and start a family and take a job as an air-conditioner repairman. Though he tries to embrace his new life, he still longs for his racing days, and the boat has become the town laughing stock. The town has also experienced harsh financial strain and the rich corporate sponsors of Jim's competitors have stolen the spotlight again and again. The town of Madison is suddenly asked to host the prestigious Gold Cup championship, and Jim cannot resist, though the town is far less supportive. Jim rallies the community for support in an attempt to bring the pride back to it, though his wife, Bonnie (Mary McCormack), is eager to move to the big city and out of the doldrums of Madison, and his son, Mike (Jake Lloyd), has become disillusioned with the idea of the boat races and watching the larger contenders win every time. But Jim stubbornly presses on and soon is permitted to play again with the big boys. The film also features veteran actors Bruce Dern, Brent Briscoe, and Paul Dooley. Jason Clark, RoviRead Less
James Caviezel, Jake Lloyd, Mary McCormack, Bruce Dern, Brent Briscoe. Run time: 99 mins. Originally released: 2005. Language: English. former rental Movie synopsis In its heyday, Madison, Indiana was a thriving port on the Ohio River. But by 1971, hard times and unemployment are driving the locals away. The city's one claim to fame is its participation in hydroplane boat racing, a dream kept alive by Jim McCormick (Jim Caviezel) and the team of the Miss Madison, the town's boat. Jim was an up and coming racer in 1961, when he was injured in a race that also took the life of his best friend. The townsfolk were there to support his recovery, and since then, he has been content to work on the team of the Miss Madison and raise a family in his hometown. But when Madison is chosen to sponsor the Gold Cup, the pinnacle race of the hydroplane boat racing circuit, Jim is determined to save his dying town and their old boat from being the laughing stock in a competition where the other teams have bottomless budgets. More important, he wants his young son, Mike (Jake Lloyd) to take pride in Madison and in his roots. Based on a true story, MADISON is about a small town that defies the odds, and a man who overcomes his own fears. Written by Scott Bindley and William Bindley (THE EIGHTEENTH ANGEL), the film is narrated by an adult Mike voiced by John Mellencamp. Mary McCormack stars as Jim's wife, Bonnie, who wants to join the exodus to the big city. Bruce Dern appears as a master mechanic who comes to his old friend's rescue just in the nick of time, and Paul Dooley plays the Madison's mayor.