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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 10, 1999
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sean Patrick Flanery|
|Performer:||Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen, Lance Henriksen & Missy Crider|
|Directed by||Victor Salva|
...Performed to the hilt by Flanery and filmed with conviction by Victor Salva...
Rating: 3/5 -- Okay drama, could have been more moving
Rating: 0/4 -- Pretentious, uninvolving headscratcher that aims to be tragic and uplifting and falls way short; the only thing it'll lift is your butt from your seat midway through the film. Full Review
...[The] film features some fine performances, an imaginative premise and a couple of go-for-broke emotional scenes...
Rating: 3/5 -- Interesting film that's just a little too much like an expanded X Files episode
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Offbeat drama about a mystic with strange powers and a compassionate service of others. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Rating: 2/4 -- Performed to the hilt by Flanery and filmed with conviction by Victor Salva, the movie is finally too solemn to survive its pushy musical strings.
An abused albino boy is cursed as different when he is integrated with teens his own age at school. His classmates, teachers, and others around him are both inspired and terrified by the strange-looking boy who apparently possesses certain inexplicable powers.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
You've never experienced anything quite like POWDER -- the uplifting, must-see hit that audiences and critics loved! Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as Powder struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do extraordinary things. This phenomenon changes the lives of all those around him ... in ways they never could have imagined. Hollywood stars Jeff Goldblum (JURASSIC PARK) and Mary Steenburgen (PHILADELPHIA) lead a top-notch cast in this unforgettable story of hope and wonder.
Because teenager Jeremy Reed has skin that's literally as white as snow, everyone calls him "Powder". He also has extraordinary powers: telekinesis, telepathy, and an incredibly high IQ, a condition caused when lightning struck his mother during her pregnancy. She died after the accident, and since then Powder's grandfather has locked him in the basement, hiding him from all mankind. But after his guardian dies, the newly discovered lad goes to a school for troubled boys. Here, Powder's special gifts finally reveal themselves for better or for worse. Although two teachers and a pretty girl have befriended him, Powder will never enjoy an easy life, for he is truly a stranger in a strange land.
- Released theatrically in the USA October 27, 1995. The film grossed $29.7 million domestically.
- Color by DuArt, prints by Technicolor. Shot on location in and around Houston, Texas.
- Additional credit: Carol Louise Green, Larry Lerner, Edward L. Haggarty and Jeff Kay (assistant directors).
- Soundtrack available on Hollywood Records.
- Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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