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The Cure (1995)

The Cure (1995)

The Cure



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The friendship between two boys, one of whom is dying of AIDS, provides the basis for this touching drama. Erik is the new kid in town and feels like an outsider. Dexter is a local boy who was infected with AIDS through a blood transfusion; he too is an outsider. All though Erik's mother sternly warns him not to play with "that sick kid" next door, the two begin communicating over the fence. Soon Erik overcomes his fear and the two become best friends. Toward the end, the two take off on a rafting adventure down the Mississippi.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Kuhn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004

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Bruce Davison
as Dr. Stevens
Delphine French
as Tyler's Girlfriend
Andrew Broder
as Tyler's Buddy
Jeremy Howard
as Tyler's Buddy
Rosemary Corman
as Elderly Woman in Str...
Mychael T. Rambo
as Garbage Man No. 1
David Alan Smith
as Garbage Man No. 2
Delia Jurek
as Angry Woman
Fran Korba
as Elderly Woman in Mar...
John Carroll Lynch
as Skipper No. 1
John Beasley
as Skipper No. 2
Raymond Nelson
as Skipper No. 3
Scott Stockton
as Skipper No. 4
Dale Handevidt
as Skipper No. 5
Stephen D'Ambrose
as Bus Station Clerk
Shirley Venard
as Nurse Snyder
Mary McCusker
as Nurse Murphy
Peter Moore
as Male Nurse
Mona Powell
as Tyler's Girlfriend
Rodney W. England
as Final Doctor
Bill Schoppert
as Funeral Director
Samantha Lemole
as Funeral Attendant
John Lynch
as Skipper #1
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Critic Reviews for The Cure

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

Practically screams 'TV movie.'

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 21, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Cure

Tear Jerkers don't come with any more powerful than cute kids getting AIDS. Joseph Mazzello and Brad Renfro made a great pair and made the characters seem real and their actions believable. The story is extremely touching and one of the first movies to really touch on the disease. While it's not perfect and it does fall under some of the cliches of the genre, it's still very good and for the most part original.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


The Cure is a very unique and touching drama from Children of The Corn director, Peter Horton. The film takes plays early on in the AIDS crisis, before there were effective drugs, in a time when it was thought that only homosexuals and drug addicts had it. Dexter (Joe Mazzello) is picked on to the point where he can't go to school and the only one who will talk to him is Erik. (Brad Renfro) While the film wants you to see Erik as pure and open minded, the truth is he's a loner who I don't think really understood the origins of the disease and why the other kids picked on Dexter. Both Mazzello and Renfro give outstanding performance for what must of been a hard film to work on, especially at such a young age. Horton defiantly made the right choice in selecting two young actors, who had been in major films prior to The Cure. An inexperienced cast probably wouldn't have gotten as involved in the role as these two did. Overall, the story is strong, the acting is top notch, and it's definitely a tearjerker, that's well worth the price of admission.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


A film that feels like Buckley's cough syrup. You don't really look forward to seeing it but it is good for you. A decent early view of the AIDS crisis.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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