Amazing Grace and Chuck

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Amazing Grace and Chuck
Amazing Grace and Chuck.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Newell
Written byDavid Field
Produced byDavid Field
StarringJamie Lee Curtis
Gregory Peck
William L. Petersen
Joshua Zuehlke
Alex English
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Edited byPeter Hollywood
Music byElmer Bernstein
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • May 22, 1987 (1987-05-22) (United States)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5.4 million[1]

Amazing Grace and Chuck is a 1987 American drama film directed by Mike Newell and starring William Petersen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck.[2][3][4][5] It was released on VHS in the UK as Silent Voice.[6]

The film's release came in a critical historical context, amid the deterioration of United States-Soviet Union relations, escalation of hostile political rhetoric and deepening public concern about the nuclear threat in the 1980s. The film was released one month before Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev announced the perestroika reforms.


Chuck Murdock (Joshua Zuehlke), a 12-year-old boy from Montana and the son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip, which is intensified by a nightmare of a fork dropping after being told that the speed and effectiveness would be done "before a dropped fork hits the floor". Chuck protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the forfeit of a Little League game by his team.

"Amazing Grace" Smith, a fictional Boston Celtics player (played by NBA star Alex English), catches a blurb about the story in his newspaper and decides to emulate Chuck, saying he will no longer participate in professional basketball unless there are no more nuclear weapons. This gives it nationwide coverage, inspiring more pro athletes to join the protest against nuclear weapons. Smith then moves to Montana to meet with Chuck and buys an old barn, which he and the other athletes renovate into their residence. Smith's agent, Lynn (Jamie Lee Curtis) is unsure about what he hopes to accomplish but decides to support him and Chuck.

The film reaches a climax when the President of the United States (Gregory Peck) personally meets with Chuck, admiring his resolve but at the same time explaining the practical difficulties of disarmament.



  1. ^ "AFI|Catalog". Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Amazing Grace and Chuck(1987)". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ Newell, Mike (10 April 1987). "Amazing Grace and Chuck". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ Amazing Grace and Chuck [VHS] (1987). ASIN 630192861X.
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (2013). "Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

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