The Sunchaser

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When privileged, driven Dr. Michael Reynolds was taken hostage by a desperate, dangerous 16-year-old convict named 'Blue', a remarkable journey began through the vast deserts of the West. Hardened by years of fighting to stay alive, Blue faces the largest challenge of his short life: finding the mystical healing lake amid the sacred mountain top a Navajo medicine man once told him of. He'll do anything to get there, including taking his oncologist hostage. As they journey further with each other, Michael and Blue cover terrain not only of the open road but of the spirit. Michael becomes profoundly affected by his intense, uncompromising hijacker and comes finally to question his own convictions. He begins to consider the possibility that the boy's mythical mountain top might indeed exist, and through Blue's unerring faith, find the courage to confront the secret torment of his own past.

"No statement of intent could be more eloquent than a remark made by a Crip at the Fred Nelles Correctional Facility during a conversation we had prior to my starting to re-write the screenplay : 'Hopefully, all those people, who, like never been exposed to the gangs, will learn something from it. And see everybody gots a heart. What people gonna see is, point blank, they gonna know we all human beings, you know I'm saying ? We all got to get along. We got to understand each other.'" - Michael Cimino

Directed by: Michael Cimino
Written by: Charles Leavitt
Starring: Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft, Talisa Soto, Woody Harrelson, Alexandra Tydings, Matt Mulhern, Richard Bauer
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Michael Cimino, Judy Goldstein, Larry Spiegel, Joseph S. Vecchio
Original Music by: Maurice Jarre

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