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

Hey, Big Island, how's everybody?

Listen up for a surf report.

Kailua Bay, six-foot sets

pumping left...

all the way down the Pu-Pu Beach.

Okay, then, let me see.

What's happening locally?

Want to say hello to my auntie

over at Hilo side. Hi, Auntie.

She's 73 today and sunny,

just like the weather.

That's local news.

- Hey, how's it?

- Bye, Mama.

Hey, brother, how's it?

You want in?

We're running late. Let's go.

Are you kidding?

I don't ride with no haole.

Come on, girl. Catch you up.

Uni, hele on!

Don't be talking to that fat boy.

- Always keep the rod hot.

- Excuse me.

- Excuse me!

- Hold the rod out.

Can you tell me

where the science annex is?

Hang on, Gilbert.

I'll give you a hand with that.

Yeah, it's over there.

Thank you.

I know what I like!

Good morning.

I'm Ms. Beecher...

and I'll be your teacher.

Okay, Miss Beecher the teacher.

Okay, now, you might

have already heard...

your regular teacher,

Mr. Stenke, quit.

Stinky Stenke! Stinky Stenke!

What might your name be?

Marco Quito, the mosquito.

- Very impressive, Mr. Quito.

- Thank you.

Now remove your cap

and take your seat. Thank you.

We know you love her, Marco.

Just sit down.

Okay, listen. I'm going

to be honest with you, okay?

My training is in English,

not science.


Now, can anybody tell me where

we might be in our science books?

- Molecular transmutation.

- Hey, shut up, fat ass!

Mr. Quito! You apologize.

For what? He knows what he is.

I mean, we all do.

We the lolos, eh,

and we don't bother no books.

That's right. You tell her.

Oh, so nice of you to join us.

A little late.

But you are?

Excuse me, but I believe I said,

"What's your name?"

Eduardo Braz.

Would anybody like to join

Eduardo Braz in detention?

- Sure.

- Yeah.

Now, listen. That's it, okay?

This is my classroom.

And when you are in my classroom,

you're gonna have to cooperate.

That means you pay attention.

And you speak

when you are called upon.

What did I say?

- What is this?

- Just my sketches. Just junk.

Fine. Open your books.

Lolos or not, from now on, you

will be bothering with your books.

Gilbert, we're going to start

with you. What chapter?

- Six.

- Six. Okay, let's go.

If we do have to cut back

on custodial services...

well, we'll all

just have to manage.

Oil change.


No problem.

We were just wrapping up.

All right,

if there's no further business...

- Just one more thing.

- Yes?

The district science fair.

I just realized

that it's this week...

and I was wondering why none

of our students are participating.

Frank, weren't you

helping Stenke with this?

Yeah. We couldn't

drum up any interest.

- That's not true.

- Excuse me?

That's not true. One of my students

was definitely interested.

I think if somebody had taken

a little bit more time...

maybe taken the whole thing

a bit more seriously...

Ah, time, seriously.

That's what I forgot.

You know, maybe you should do it

next year, okay?

If you're still here.

Sandra, look. I think we all

appreciate your enthusiasm...

but I also think

we need to be realistic...

about what we can accomplish

here at Kona-Pali.

But thanks for your comments.

And thank you all.

- Don't ever do that again.

- Pardon me?

You know, just work here a while,

and you'll understand.

Okay, Daniel,

so what the hell is this?

That's an idea I was working on.

What do you think?

- What are these things here?

- Dimples, like on a golf ball.

You have less friction, more speed.

And no sales.

Do you know how much it would

cost me to build a board like this?

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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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