Miracle in Lane 2
|Miracle in Lane 2|
|Written by||Joel Kauffmann|
Donald C. Yost
|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
Roger Aaron Brown
|Theme music composer||Phil Marshall|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||May 13, 2000|
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The film tells the true story of Justin Yoder (played by Muniz), a young boy born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Justin uses a wheelchair. He lives with his overprotective parents and brother, Seth (Patrick Levis), who is a jock. Due to his disability, he desperately wants to find something he can do that will make him feel special. For guidance, he turns to God, who in the film takes form as a famous race car driver Bobby Wade, during his journey.
After discovering a soapbox racer in his neighbor's shed, Justin hopes to participate in that sport and eventually finds a love and talent for it. To accommodate his disability, his father and their neighbor, Vic, build a customized racer with a hand brake (which they call the "Justin Brake"). Meanwhile, Seth feels that his parents focus too much on Justin rather than giving both equal treatment. However, he has a change of heart when Justin crashes during a race.
The Yoders are confronted with the idea that Justin's involvement with the sport may be hazardous to his health. At the end of the film, he asks God if people are perfect when they go to Heaven. In response, he shows him a vision of it where there are people with and without wheelchairs, all together, to which he happily replies "perfect".
As a tribute to Justin, live footage of him is shown before the closing credits.
- Frankie Muniz - Justin Yoder
- Rick Rossovich - Myron Yoder
- Molly Hagan - Sheila Yoder
- Patrick Levis - Seth Yoder
- Roger Aaron Brown - Vic Sauder
- Tuc Watkins - God/Bobby Wade
- Brittany Bouck - Cindy
- Todd Hurst - Brad
- Kara Keough - Teresa
- Joel McKinnon Miller - Bill
- Holmes Osbourne - Randall
- Freda Fon Shen - Dr. Kwan
- Christian Copelin - Pipsqueak
- Rick Fitts - Soccer Coach
- Jim Jansen - Minister
- James Lashly - Leather Jacket Man
- Tom Nolan - Baseball Coach
- Milt Tarver - Elder Statesman
- Tom Virtue - Announcer
- Ethan Cutuli - Racer/Fan
Originally known as Wheelies, the telefilm was in production in March 2000 for a May 2000 Disney Channel premiere.
- Directors Guild of America, 2001: DGA Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
Greg Beeman (director), Christopher Morgan (unit production manager) (plaque), Lisa C. Satriano (first assistant director) (plaque), Nick Satriano (second assistant director) (plaque)
- Humanitas Prize, 2001 - Children's Live-Action Category, Joel Kauffmann, Donald C. Yost
- Young Artist Awards, 2001 - Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama), Supporting Young Actor, Patrick Levis
- Writers Guild of America, 2001 - WGA Award (TV) Children's Script, Joel Kauffmann, Donald C. Yost
- Young Artist Award - Best Family TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Cable
- Young Artist Award - Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama), Leading Young Actor, Frankie Muniz
- Barker, Kate (March 1, 2000). "News in Brief". Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved December 18, 2017.