Race the Sun

Synopsis: Idealistic Sandra Beecher has just started working as a Science teacher at Kona-Pali High School in Hawaii, being hired for this job despite her teaching background being English. Her reason for taking the job is largely to run away from the mainland and a failed marriage. She finds that her students are an unmotivated lot, largely because there are low societal expectations of them, including from their parents and the school faculty. As such, she directs a handful of her most unmotivated students to attend a regional science fair at which there are no Kona-Pali displays to come up with their own science fair projects. An incident at the fair does spur one of her students, Daniel Webster, self-professed as not being good at most things but believing he is a good designer, to announce, with the support of his fellow students, that they want to build a solar powered car of his design as their project, and to enter that car in the upcoming Inter-island Race. American Corporate giant, Cel
Director(s): Charles T. Kanganis
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

- Even if it's buildable.

- It's just an idea, Guy.

Well, you wanna be a designer,

go to college.

You wanna earn five bucks an hour

from me, stick to the patterns.

Patterns are boring, Guy,

and we can do better.

You're a shaper, kid. Shape.

God, I'm, like, sick.

Oh, what a surprise! What time

did you get in last night?

Oh, God, Daniel, get some help.

Don't do that in front of me.

I can't handle school.

Turn this into the office

for me, would you?

So what's "craps"?

Cramps, Daniel, cramps.

God, you can be

so stupid sometimes.

I guess I'm busy.

Come on. Five bucks?

- Buy yourself some sunglasses.

- Ten, then.

Give me a break.

I'm your stepsister.

Now, you see, that's why

I don't give you a break.

If you had said, " Daniel, I'm

your sister," maybe I would have.

Okay, hold it.

You can all leave...

except for Luana, Gilbert,

Oni, Marco, Braz and Daniel.

Stay for just one minute.

Okay, you six are the only ones...

who still haven't come up with

a science project proposal.

Any ideas here?

Brilliant excuses?


Well, I'm going to give you

a chance to change all that.

Because tomorrow night...

is the district science fair.

And I'm requiring

each one of you to attend.

- Yeah!

- Oh, man, Miss Beecher!

You can see

what the other kids are doing...

and hopefully you can get

a few ideas of your own.

See you at the science fair.

Daniel, wait a second.

I think you're gifted, but you might

want to save this for art class.

- See you at the fair.

- Bye.

- How long did it take to do that?

- About an hour, hour and a half.

- Isn't he cute?

- Yeah.

Hey, guys, you made it!

Good. Isn't this great?

- I've had enough. Let's go home.

- No. You just got started.

Do you see anything interesting?

The rats. Look at that.

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Barry Morrow

Barry Morrow (born June 12, 1948) is an American screenwriter and producer. He wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for Rain Man. Morrow was born in Austin, Minnesota and studied at St. Olaf College. Several of Morrow's scripts are inspired by real people, especially people with disabilities and/or extraordinary talents. These include the savant played by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man, inspired by the real savant Kim Peek; and mentally disabled Bill Sackter, played by Mickey Rooney in the TV movie Bill. Both works received writing Oscar, Emmy and other awards for Morrow and for the actors who portrayed them. Morrow gave his Oscar statuette as a gift to Kim Peek. Morrow wrote CBS's Bill: On His Own (1983) and his relationship with Sackter is presented in the feature length 2008 documentary A Friend Indeed – The Bill Sackter Story.Morrow put his Oscar statuette on permanent loan to Salt Lake City in memory of Kim Peek, and put forward the money for the Peek Award, which "pays tribute to artists, media makers, and film subjects who are positively impacting our society’s perception of people with disabilities" and is given out by the Utah Film Center.Morrow is a member of the Association of Retarded Citizens, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Autism Society of America. He is an avid golfer, and is known to play the majority of his golf rounds using an eight club bag of hickory stick (wooden shaft) golf clubs made pre-1940. more…

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