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Amazing Grace and Chuck is a 1987 American sports drama film starring William Petersen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck. The film was directed by Mike Newell.[1][2][3][4] It was released on VHS in the UK as Silent Voice.[5]

Amazing Grace and Chuck
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Directed byMike Newell
Produced byDavid Field
Written byDavid Field
StarringJamie Lee Curtis
Gregory Peck
William L. Petersen
Joshua Zuehlke
Music byElmer Bernstein
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Edited byPeter Hollywood
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
May 22, 1987 (USA)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States


Chuck Murdock (Joshua Zuehlke), a 12-year-old boy from Montana and the son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip, which is intensified by a nightmare of a fork dropping after being told that the speed and effectivess would be done "before a dropped fork hits the floor". Chuck protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the forfeit of a Little League game by his team.

"Amazing Grace" Smith, a fictional Boston Celtics player (played by NBA star Alex English), catches a blurb about the story in his newspaper and decides to emulate Chuck, saying he will no longer participate in professional basketball unless there are no more nuclear weapons. This gives it nationwide coverage, inspiring more pro athletes to join the protest against nuclear weapons. Smith then moves to Montana to meet with Chuck and buys an old barn, which he and the other athletes renovate into their residence. Smith's agent, Lynn (Jamie Lee Curtis) is unsure about what he hopes to accomplish but decides to support him and Chuck.

The film reaches a climax when the President of the United States (Gregory Peck) personally meets with Chuck, admiring his resolve but at the same time explaining the practical difficulties of disarmament.


  1. ^ "Amazing Grace and Chuck(1987)". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ Newell, Mike. "Amazing Grace and Chuck". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Amazing Grace and Chuck [VHS] (1987)". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
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