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A West Texas Children's Story (2007)

Have Dreams, Will Travel (original title)
Set in the 1960s, a magical tale of two 12-year-olds embarking on an adventure to find new, cool parents and escape their neglected, overly adult existence.

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Brad Isaacs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cayden Boyd ... Ben Reynolds
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Ben's Mother
Matthew Modine ... Ben's Father
Noah Grabowski Noah Grabowski ... Ben at 2
J.D. Garfield J.D. Garfield ... Father in Diner
Johnny Cotugno Johnny Cotugno ... Plumber (as John Cotugno)
Jeff Griffin ... Roofer
Candace Campfield Candace Campfield ... Accountant
Mary Evans Mary Evans ... Cassie's Mother
AnnaSophia Robb ... Cassie Kennington
Mike Miller ... Sheriff LeClaire (as Michael Miller)
Bill Allen ... Cassie's Father (as William Lawrence Allen)
Michael Clark Michael Clark ... Truck Driver #1
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Truck Driver #2 (as Boots Sutherland)
Val Kilmer ... Henderson
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Storyline

In the 60's, in West Texas, twelve year-old Ben is a boy neglected by his parents. His mother is obsessed by the movie stars of Hollywood and every afternoon she goes to the movie theater, while his father spends his spare time building a boat. One night, there is a car wreck in front of Ben's parents dining where only the girl Cassie survives with a broken arm. Ben's parents lodges Cassie during her recovery and she becomes friend of Ben. Later the mature girl convinces Ben to travel with her to Baltimore, where her modern and liberal aunt and uncle live. They hitchhike through Arkansas, Kentucky and Virginia in a journey of friendship and discoveries until they reach Baltimore. Their adventure ends when Cassie has a breakdown and is interned in the Mercy Psychiatric Ward in Virginia and Ben joins the Military Academy in North Caroline to stay close to Cassie. But the girl had a plan for them and Ben gives his best effort to make her dream come true. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

West Texas Lullaby See more »

Filming Locations:

Mountainair, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby
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Trivia

Originally set for a US theatrical release in late 2007 and then 2008, it languished in a vault secondary to the production company going bankrupt after post-production was already completed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: [narrating] I'm just a kid, there's a lot I don't know. But one thing I do know, is that my folks should never have married. And they definitely should never had a kid.
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Soundtracks

All Alone Am I
Written by Arthur Altman, Manos Hatzidakis (as Manos Hadjidakis) and Jean Ioannidis
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing
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Amazing plan of life
19 February 2012 | by alexccapSee all my reviews

I just viewed this magnificent gem of a movie and was awed by how rich and complex it is despite the simplicity of its story and some production flaws. It is amazing how Cassie, at such a young age, manages to drive her life with Ben along to a great plan -- and see it to its fulfillment. Equally amazing is how Ben complies with it all along, and gives strength to Cas at her lowest point.

Overall, this is an adult fairy tale with the most realistic and bittersweet happily-ever-after ending anyone can hope to have. Grown-ups (like me) will be lead to re-examine their lives, while teens and young adults will take away many important points -- like the importance of having a plan they can hold on to for life, and of having someone with whom they can share their strengths to see it through.

This movie also sums up what I've long held to be true: a strong woman can make a man's life soar, and a man must recognize and respect this gift of her presence, if he is lucky enough to find her.

I feel lucky to have stumbled into this movie -- after nearly 5 years since it was shown! I hope more people will get to see it and spread its worth.


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