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Erik (Brad Renfro) is a 13-year-old boy whose single mother, Gail (Diana Scarwid), 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 (Joseph Mazzello), 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 (Annabella Sciorra) 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. The Cure was the theatrical feature debut for actor-turned-director Peter Horton, who cut his directorial teeth on the TV series Peter Horton and thirtysomething. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 7, 2001

Cast

Joseph Mazzello
as Dexter
Brad Renfro
as Erik
Annabella Sciorra
as Linda
Diana Scarwid
as Gail
Bruce Davison
as Dr. Stevens
Nicky Katt
as Pony
Aeryk Egan
as Tyler
John Beasley
as Skipper #2
Shirley Venard
as Nurse Snyder
Mary McCusker
as Nurse Murphy
Bill Schoppert
as Funeral Director
John Lynch
as Skipper #1
Andrew Broder
as Tyler's Buddy
Rosemary Corman
as Elderly Woman on Street
Stephen D'Ambrose
as Bus Station Clerk
Delphine French
as Tyler's Girlfriend
Craig Gierl
as Jim
Dale Handevidt
as Skipper
Jeremy Howard
as Tyler's Buddy
Delia Jurek
as Angry Woman
Fran Korba
as Elderly Woman in Market
Samantha Lemole
as Funeral Attendant
Raymond Nelson
as Skipper #3
Scott Stockton
as Skipper
Fran Korba
as Elderly Woman in Market
Mary McCusker
as Nurse Murphy
Delia Jurek
as Angry Woman
Delphine French
as Tyler's Girlfriend
Rosemary Corman
as Elderly Woman on Street
Andrew Broder
as Tyler's Buddy
John Beasley
as Skipper #2
Raymond Nelson
as Skipper #3
John Lynch
as Skipper #1
Bill Schoppert
as Funeral Director
Craig Gierl
as Jim
Stephen D'Ambrose
as Bus Station Clerk
Shirley Venard
as Nurse Snyder
Samantha Lemole
as Funeral Attendant
Jeremy Howard
as Tyler's Buddy
Aeryk Egan
as Tyler
Dale Handevidt
as Skipper

Crew

Peter Horton
Director
Mark Burg
Producer
Robert Kuhn
Screenwriter
Andrew Dintenfass
Cinematographer
Dave Grusin
Songwriter
Anthony Sherin
Editor
Armin Ganz
Production Designer
Troy Sizemore
Art Director
Bill Borden
Executive Producer
Claire Jenora Bowin
Set Designer
Louise Frogley
Costume Designer
Mali Finn
Casting
Darcy Knight
Makeup
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