The Cure (1995)

The Cure (1995)

Release Date: 21 April 1995 (USA)

 

Director: Peter Horton
Writer: Robert Kuhn

 

Running time: 97 minutes

 

 

Cast

Brad Renfro - Erik
Joseph Mazzello - Dexter

Diana Scarwid - Gail
Annabella Sciorra - Linda
Aeryk Egan - Tyler
Nicky Katt - Pony
Renee Humphrey - Angle
Bruce Davison - Dr. Jensen  

 

 

Storyline

Erik is a 13-year-old boy whose single mother, Gail, has just moved to a new home in Minnesota. Erik feels like a fish out of water with his Southern accent, and he has trouble making friends until he meets Dexter, a kid a year or two younger who lives next door. Erik and Dexter get along fine, but Gail tells Erik not to go near Dexter when she learns that he contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion a few years ago. Erik ignores his mother's instructions and stands up for the frail Dexter at school, while Dexter's mom Linda gives Erik the warmth, affection, and home cooking that Gail is too busy to provide. However, both boys are painfully aware of Dexter's illness, and when one of them spots a headline in a supermarket tabloid that a doctor in New Orleans has discovered a cure for AIDS, they run away together, determined to find the doctor and bring Dexter back as good as new.