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Madison

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Source: Catholic News Service

Feel-good film set in small-town Indiana which tells the true story of Jim McCormick (Jim Caviezel), a local former boat-racing hero who pulls together and lifts the spirits of his down-on-its-luck town -- which lives and breathes the sport -- when he proposes they make an bid to host an annual championship cup competition. Director William Bindley's winning underdog drama more than makes up for any sentimental shortcomings with heart and a gently nostalgic message about family, wholesome values and the importance of community. Some mildly crude language and scenes of sports peril. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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