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As a part of a special government reform program, inmate J.T. Blake has to take care of Johnny Reynolds who has cerebral palsy. In the meantime, another inmate wants to take care of J.T. Blake forever.

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Allan A. Goldstein

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Alan Aylward (original screenplay), Alan Aylward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Andersen Scott Andersen ... James
R. Nelson Brown ... Greason
Norman Browning Norman Browning ... Topper
Leslie Carlson ... Willy
Rae Dawn Chong ... Ilene Curtis
Bill Croft ... Mitch
Don S. Davis ... Sergeant
Brad Dourif ... Johnny
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Eric
Bruce Glover ... Casey
Deryl Hayes ... Policeman outside Bar
Janet Hodgkinson Janet Hodgkinson ... Resident in Cafeteria
Michael Ironside ... J.T. Blake
Michael A. Jackson Michael A. Jackson ... Black Lady
Lee Jeffery Lee Jeffery ... Guard #2
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Storyline

A prison decides that the best way to rehabilitate a particularly troublesome prisoner is to chain him to the wheelchair of a rebellious, bad-tempered young man with cerebral palsy. The government rationale behind this is three fold. First it will help a terribly understaffed nursing home. Second, being chained to a handicapped person may inspire caring in the prisoner and third, it could help to toughen up the patients... Written by Anonymous

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They had nothing in common but their desire to break free. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1992 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Common Bonds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Nick Nolte and John Hurt were originally considered for the roles of J.T. Blake and Johnny, respectively. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: I think I'm in love
J.T. Blake: You're in lust.
Johnny: I'll call it what I want.
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SOMEWHERE I HAVE NEVER TRAVELLED, GLADLY BEYOND
Written by e.e. cummings
Copyright © 1931, 1959 by e.e. cummings
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Wonderful movie
25 December 2002 | by lacrescentaSee all my reviews

Even though I think the premise of this film (a government agency allowing inmates to work with the disabled) is flawed and un-doable, I still think this is a good film. Suspend your disbelief about this facet of the plot, and enjoy the message it tries to tell.

The story is the basic "losers get a second chance" plot, and I always am a sucker for such a movie, as long as it is done well. And I believe this movie is done well. It is flawed because of the implausibility of the plot, but I was able to put that aside.

Character actor Michael Ironside (who always seems to play creeps and psychos) stars in this movie, playing a loser two-bit criminal who realizes that he can have a second chance in life. Amazingly enough, Ironside also produced and co-wrote this movie. I think Ironside should do more roles such as this, and produce more films such as this. As good as he is playing creeps and jerks, his talent is underappreciated, as far as I am concerned.

Brad Dourif is outstanding playing a wheelchair-bound man who is "paired up" with Ironside's character. They are literally chained together at first, as Ironside is assigned to care for Dourif in his wheelchair. Dourif is always excellent but in this movie, he really shows his range. Absolutely amazing.

I highly recommend this film. It is available at Amazon.com under the title "Common Bonds". It has some flaws, but is full of heart and cannot help but inspire and elevate the viewer, at least a little. However, it is not for young children -- there is brief nudity, some profane language and some violence (it is set in a prison part of the time, after all).


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