Spin (2004)

Spin (2004)




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James Redford, the son of actor and filmmaker Robert Redford, made his directorial debut with this independent coming-of-age drama set in the 1950s. After his parents are killed in the wreck of a light plane, young Eddie Haley (Max Madore) is left in the care of his uncle Frank (Stanley Tucci), an emotionally removed man who was once a major in the air force. When Frank decides to take an extended leave of his ranch in Arizona, Eddie is left behind with caretaker Ernesto (Rubén Blades) and his wife, Margaret (Dana Delany), a schoolteacher. Ernesto and Margaret are caring and capable surrogate parents to Eddie, but the boy has grown into a troubled and hot-headed teenager (now played by Ryan Merriman) by the time Frank comes back. As both Ernesto and Frank try to put Eddie back on the right track, the young man struggles with his decisions about his future, his love for his classmate Francesca (Paula Garcés), and some unanswered questions about the death of his parents. Spin was adapted from a novel by Donald Everett Axinn.
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Ryan Merriman
as Eddie Haley
Stanley Tucci
as Major Haley
Dana Delany
as Margaret Swift-Bejarano
Ruben Blades
as Ernesto Bejarano
Paula Garcés
as Francesca Montoya
Danny O'Haco
as Alberto Montoya
Heather Rae
as Julie
Max Madore
as Young Eddie
Marissa Baca
as Young Francesca
Dave Adams
as Coach Allen
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Critic Reviews for Spin

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Merriman evinces only the soft-focus moodiness of an outdoor-clothing catalog. The supporting cast practically stands on its collective head trying to pick up the slack, but to little use.

Full Review… | November 5, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Essentially a feature-length infomercial for white-Latino interracial relationships

May 27, 2005

A forgettable, mellow drama. [It] flirts with exploring important themes, but ultimately only scratches the surface of a few of them.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
Looking Closer

The movie just lays there like a well-intentioned, PG-13 after-school special.

November 5, 2004
Boston Herald

Some melodramatic flourishes aside, Spin is a small gem worth uncovering.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Salt Lake Tribune

Much of the material here doesn't translate well from book to film.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Spin

Really nice and well done movie. Not fast moving, but really comforting and enjoyable to watch. Stanley Tucci is a very nice addition, also. He doesn't have a huge part, but what he is in is highly enjoyable.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

While it may drag on occasion, Spin is a strong drama that is carried by Ryan Merriman's impressive performance.

Dalton Harrell
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