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Runs Like a Gazelle
Athletics staff at a small mid-West college recruit a jolly ex-Eastern Bloc coach passed over by everybody else to train a fleet-of-foot deliveryman from the poor side of town for a big State track meet.
► Comedy, Family, Sport (Rated G)
► 109-page feature screenplay
► 4-page synopsis
► $10+ million budget
► © 2011-2021
"Runs Like a Gazelle" is a fictional story in the vein of "Rocky" or "The Karate Kid", but without the fights, and with a cute romance. The sport in question is the 100 meter sprint.
Oh, and you might as well throw in a little bit of "It's a Wonderful Life", because one of the underlying themes is "volunteerism" and strangers who offer a helping hand. I think it's about time a movie was made about those amazing people, don't you?! Certainly, my protagonist, Donnie Lopez - for all the effort he puts out and all the troubles he surmounts - wouldn't get too far without a little help!
A fun and uplifting modestly-budgeted 4-quad story, which has a wide assortment of characters to broaden its appeal.
Major Characters/Casting Possibilities: (some of whom I have already reached out to)
► Donnie Lopez, 22 years
► Joe Silopovich, 70: Anthony Hopkins
► Randy Hughson, 35: Owen Wilson
► Coach Hec Robinson, 45: Delroy Lindo, Keith David or Danny Glover
► Aina, 19; Rebecca, 32
► Sofia Lopez, 9, and brother Seve, 5
Quarter Finalist (Miami Screenplay Awards 2022)
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