Little Red Wagon

Synopsis: Carrot-topped 8-year-old Zach Bonner lives in Tampa with his realtor mom Laurie and teenage sister Kelley. In 2004, in the wake of Hurricane Charley, Zach uses his beat-up toy wagon to collect water, food and clothing for families left homeless by the storm. Emboldened by his success and the attention he is receiving from the local media, Zach battles bureaucratic hurdles to start his own charity, the Little Red Wagon Foundation, to produce and distribute "Zach Packs", backpacks filled with life's bare essentials, plus a toy. Zach's life intersects with that of newly widowed Margaret Craig and her young son Jim, whose hardships spiral out of control and land them in a series of homeless shelters. Suddenly, Zach gets the idea to walk from Tampa to the state capital, Tallahassee, to bring attention to the plight of homeless youth. His mother is against it; and his sister feels increasingly resentful of Zach and the attention he's getting. Zach's walk begins amid great fanfare: a rousing
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Anspaugh
Production: Phase 4 Films
 
IMDB:
6.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
40%
PG
Year:
2012
104 min
Website
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(DISTORTED VOICE OVER RADIO)

(RADIO SIGNALS SCRAMBLING)

FEMALE NEWSCASTER: The

roar of Hurricane Charley

We have reports from the National

Hurricane Center of 15 foot waves.

(INDISTINCT VOICES

OVER RADIO)

(RADIO SIGNALS SCRAMBLING)

MALE NEWSCASTER:

Others are staying put...

FEMALE NEWSCASTER: People

are preparing to hunker down,

bracing for what could be

devastating winds.

(NEWSCASTER VOICES

OVERLAPPING)

(RADIO SIGNALS SCRAMBLING)

FEMALE NEWSCASTER: But if you

are going to leave, leave now.

The latest update

from the Hurricane Center

puts Charley on a fast

track for the Tampa area.

(INDISTINCT VOICES

OVER RADIO)

(WIND RUSTLING)

MALE NEWSCASTER 1:

We have heard reports of

extremely long lines

at gas stations,

and we do know that many

are running low on fuel.

MALE NEWSCASTER 2: ...bracing for

what could be devastating winds.

The emergency workers of this area are

designating Red Cross and Salvation Army...

FEMALE NEWSCASTER: I-4 and

I-75 at this time are clear.

Now, you shouldn't get

too secure with that

because, you know,

as this progresses

those, uh, roads are going

to get very, very busy.

My suggestion...

LAURIE:
Okay.

Let's put all this stuff in

as fast as we can,

before it starts

coming down, all right?

(SIGHS) Okay.

BOY:
Hey, Zach.

My mom's all freaked.

We're evacuating to

my uncle's in Huntsville.

I wanna stay here.

It might be cool, you know?

Yeah, well, we're staying.

You're not evacuating?

LAURIE:
No.

I'd rather be in our

safe room in my own home,

than stuck on the highway

with a million other folks.

We sat out a half dozen

of these things.

FEMALE NEWSCASTER:

Mandatory evacuation orders

have been issued for all

residents of the Florida Keys

and people are packing up

and heading to the mainland.

Thousands of cars, many towing boats

crammed the highway... (LAURIE SIGHS)

What now?

We wait it out.

MALE NEWSCASTER 1: Latest

update from the Hurricane Center

puts Charley on a fast track

for the Tampa area.

Though they do caution

that it wouldn't take much

to force a deviation

anywhere along

that trajectory.

MALE NEWSCASTER 2: Extremely

long lines at gas stations.

And we do know that many

are running low on fuel.

(MULTIPLE NEWSCASTERS

OVERLAPPING)

(CLAPPING)

(THUNDER RUMBLING)

(WIND WHOOSHING)

(WIND HOWLING)

(ELECTRICITY CRACKLING)

(HORNS BLARING)

(WIND WHOOSHING)

(CLATTERING)

MALE NEWSCASTER 1: There's a staggering

number of people left homeless.

Shelters are packed...

The volunteers are doing the best

they can with the supplies they have.

Hurricane Charley made

a last minute right turn,

veering 70 miles

to the south of Tampa Bay.

The communities around Punta

Gorda and Port Charlotte

saw the worst of it.

So far 16 people are dead.

What's going on?

Just another day

in paradise.

...hundreds are missing.

When it comes to homes

at least 3,000

conventional homes

and 9,000 mobile homes

are destroyed.

At least 20,000 people

are homeless

and thousands

are trying to find

food and water

in the merciless heat.

One relief worker described

it to me as organized chaos.

There are so many needs out

there for people right now,

and patience and provisions

are both in short supply.

What these people want, need

desperately is ice and clean water.

The American Red Cross and

other disaster relief agencies

are setting up collection

points across Florida.

If you'd like to help,

you can take your donations

to any one of the locatis scrolling

at the bottom of your screen.

We should give them

some of the water we got.

Oh, we could do that.

Zach, please wash up.

I'll bet everybody in the

neighborhood has lots of water like us.

Tons of emergency stuff, too.

I should go around and ask

them if they want to donate...

Well, I wouldn't do it.

Right now

people are off to work.

Why don't you

give them some notice?

Collect it on Saturday.

People work

on Saturday, too.

You could make flyers.

Tell them to sit stuff out on

the porch if they're not home.

Yeah, you should

help him with that, Kel.

I'm busy.

You're busy?

Come on,

help him out.

You two kids don't do

anything together anymore.

I'm not a kid anymore,

in case you haven't noticed.

Hey, Mom, Kelley.

Where's that list of

emergency supplies we had?

We can put it on the flyers,

so people know what's needed.

Zach, hands.

Wash 'em. Now.

(GARAGE DOOR OPENING)

(BOYS TALKING INDISTINCTLY)

Kelley, come on.

Let's do this.

BOY:
Hey, Zach. You

wanna play some Horse?

Uh, I gotta go pick up

the hurricane stuff first,

but it won't take long.

So after, okay?

Your loss, dude.

Cool. Kelley!

Right here.

Let's do this.

Brenda and I are

going to the mall.

Oh, no. No, I'm sorry, you're not.

You gotta keep an eye

on your little brother

while I go

check my property.

Good luck.

Wha...

Kelley, look at this!

Oh, my gosh. This is so

cool. I hit the jackpot.

Yeah, over here, too.

Hey, what did you find?

Wow. Look at all that.

Good for you.

You know, it's pretty

hot out here.

Maybe you shouldn't

leave that in the sun.

Why don't you, uh,

load up the van,

I'll change and then we can go

right over to the collection center.

That's not all, Mom.

What do you mean?

Hit the remote.

Okay.

(CLEARS THROAT)

Okay.

We are going to have

to make more than one trip.

Hey! Hey!

Look who's here with

another load. It's the Z-Man.

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Patrick Sheane Duncan

Patrick Sheane Duncan (born 1947) is an American writer, film producer and director.A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale Charter Township, Michigan, Duncan's career has been influenced by his Vietnam War experiences, which inspired the television mini-series Vietnam War Story (1987) and its sequel Vietnam War Story: The Last Days (1989) and the films 84C MoPic (1989) and Courage Under Fire (1996). Additional writing credits include A Home of Our Own (1993), The Pornographer (1994), Nick of Time (1995), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), and the television movies A Painted House (2003), Elvis (2005), and the Little Red Wagon. more…

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