Skating to New York

Synopsis: The coming-of-age journey of 5 teenage boys who leave their small, Canadian town behind and risk skating across Lake Ontario to New York on the coldest day of the year.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Charles Minsky
Production: Skating to New York LLC.
93 min


You want to get hit

in the back of the head?

False shot!

Hey, any of you guys gone down

by the lake? Check out the ice yet?

Oh, yeah. It's gorgeous. Can hit

a slapshot all the way to New York, sir.

That'd be a hell of a shot.

- Yeah, it is 40 clicks to the other side.

- Yeah.

Okay, guys. Enough chitchat, all right?

Let's get focused for tonight's game.

We've got to break this losing streak.

They can't pull that crap in our barn.


Yeah, that's right. Come on, get up!

- Rudy, throw down the mitts!

- Come on, Rudy!

Hey, you want to go, boy? Want to go?

Yeah? Back off, pussy,

or I'll tear your goddamn head off!

Keep threatening it, then go.

- Are you kidding me?

- No, I'm not kidding you.

You want to bring that up right now?

You want me to...

You can't show these guys any weakness.

- You look shaky. Get your head in the game.

- No, I'm good.

- You're good?

- Yeah!

Look, we got these guys.

Just stay focused.

I'm good, okay? I'm good! Go! I'm good.

Come on, this is hockey,

not synchronized swimming!

Give it a rest, Mario.

Come on, you guys. Fists, not finesse.

Fists, not finesse.

Sit down. Watch your brother.

So sad, you know? I'll never be

half the man your mother is.

You just quit?

I don't even know when or why. I'm sure

that I probably had something to do with it,

but everything that we believed in,

everything that we put our hopes on,

you just quit on it.

You just talk.

You're down here at the rink,

like... you're, like,

one of these losers down here.

That's what you think of me? A loser?



Goddamn! Was that ugly or what?

- Ugly? That was haggard.

- Hey, a goal's a goal, man.

- Hey, catch my banner, bro?

- How much you pay for that?

I paid them with this.

Come on. We can take them.

Hey, we're up by one.

I always saw something better

for us, Jess.

And there was a time when you said that,

and I actually believed you.

You need to be home.

Casey needs his father.

Yeah. It's hard to keep down a kid

like that. At least we got that part right.

I got to go.

This one's on you, Jess.

And you know, it's pretty obvious

that you've had a few,

so I don't know, maybe you want

to stay sober, right?

'Cause your kid might actually

need you tonight.

This is what you want, right?

What's going on?

Shitty break, Case. You get a pad

on that, and we take them to O.T.

Winners don't wait for breaks.

They make them.

- Casey!

- Demas!

Casey! Casey, are you good?

- Casey?

- I'm fine.

- Good. Can you move?

- Yeah.

- All right.

- If I can stand up.

There you go.

I'm good.

Rudy, come here!

Are you going to let these guys just cruise

out of town, thinking they own this ice?

Did anyone think to call

an ambulance or something?

That's all right.

He just took a little knock.

That's a lot of blood for a knock,

don't you think?

Well, there's more blood vessels

in the head, so it tends to bleed more.

Now that's hockey.

I tell you, without skateboards and hockey,

I'd be put out of business.

- How's it look?

- It looks all right.

You are the best.

Thanks. Unfortunately,

tonight is my last rotation.

Dr. Pradeesh takes over tomorrow.

You're leaving? Is Timsbury

a little bit too exciting for you?

Well, as good as I am at sutures,

I actually trained in neurology.

And I've got an opportunity

to go join a practice in Syracuse.

In the States?

Casey? I came as fast as I could.

- Let me see. Are you okay?

- Be careful. Is Dad coming?

I don't know.

I don't know where your dad is.

What about concussions?

You hear all this stuff about concussions.

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Monte Merrick

Monte L. Merrick, an accomplished and successful playwright, novelist and screenwriter probably best known for the screenplay for the film “Memphis Belle,” died in Santa Monica on March 24, following a battle with cancer . He was 65. The 1990 film “Memphis Belle,” directed by Michael Caton-Jones, starred Harry Connick Jr., Eric Stoltz and Matthew Modine in the WWII story of the U.K.-based crew of a B-17 bomber who must go on one last mission, over the heavily defended city of Bremen, Germany. more…

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