9 October 2003 | ollie501
Genuinely touching, realistic - A true winner!
"Looking for Miracles" is quite simply one of the best coming of age/family films of its ilk. Made in 1989 and set in the 30's, this made for TV movie is outstanding.
Greg Spottiswood is perfect for the lead role, and is very strongly backed up by Zachary Bennett who plays his younger brother, Sullivan. The basic premise behind the film is a story of a 16 year old (Spottiswood) who scores a job as a counsellor at summer camp.
Also worthy of a mention is Noah Godfrey, who plays the misunderstood "Ratface". The gradual development of friendship between him and Sullivan, as well as Sullys relationship with his brother is portrayed with a tenderness that is probably only matched by such films as Stand By Me.
This is one seriously touching film, with some very sad moments, which will bring a tear to even the most hardened of eyes. It isn't all doom and gloom though - it's a heart-warming story in the long run, filled with emotion all the way. Funny, sad or just plain old fashioned adventure, this film delivers the goods every step of the way. You can truly empathise with the characters - they are portrayed with such realism and feeling. This film could not have been better cast - I know Stand By Me is regarded by many, including myself, to be one of the best coming of age dramas around, but this film is most definitely a worthy contender. Greg Spottiswood took an Emmy for Best Actor, and it is not difficult to see why.
It is now available on DVD, in PAL format, and is region free. If you are able to watch it, and it isn't already gracing your shelves, then it should be! I pretty much guarantee that you'll enjoy it. If you've already got it, watch it again and remind yourself just what a cracking film it is!
Please bear in mind that the above is only my opinion, for what it's worth - if you buy it, and hate it - don't blame me! :)