Madison (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Bindley
Produced by

William Bindley and

Carl Amari
Written by William Bindley
Scott Bindley
Starring Jim Caviezel
Jake Lloyd
Mary McCormack
Bruce Dern
Brent Briscoe
Music by Kevin Kiner
Cinematography James Glennon
Edited by William Hoy
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Madison is a 2005 film about APBA hydroplane racing in the 1970s that is based on a true story. Produced by Carl Amari, it stars Jim Caviezel as a driver who comes out of retirement to lead the Madison, Indiana community-owned racing team.


Madison, Indiana, on the Ohio River, has sponsored powerboat racing since 1911 and began holding an annual race called the Madison Regatta in 1929. Beginning in 1954, the race became affiliated with the American Power Boat Association, held annually in July. Though Madison has a population of only 12,000, the Regatta maintains its place in the Unlimited hydroplane American Boat Racing Association series, whose other races are in Seattle (WA), Kennewick (WA), Detroit (MI), San Diego (CA) and Doha (Qatar).

The Regatta regularly draws about 70,000-100,000 people and is a tremendous source of pride for residents of the town. Also significant is that Madison has the world's only community owned unlimited hydroplane, Miss Madison. The boat was traditionally near the bottom of the circuit. In 40+ years of racing, U-6 (its number regardless of its name) had won just six races before 2005.

One of those was an upset in the 1971 Regatta, which is the basis for the movie. Making that victory even sweeter was that it was also for the APBA Gold Cup.

Caviezel's character, Jim McCormick, was a real-life veteran racer and boat owner who drove Miss Madison in 1966 and 1969–71, then raced his own boat until seriously injured some years later. Many of his actual seven-man pit crew, including Harry Volpi, Bobby Humphrey, and Tony Steinhardt, were also portrayed in the film, while Steinhardt himself appeared as a fan in a cameo.

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Delayed release[edit]

Filmed in 2000 and completing post production in 2001, this film sat unreleased for nearly five years and was finally given a limited release on April 22, 2005. It ended up being the last film ever released by MGM as an independent company.


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