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By Dawn's Early Light

By Dawn's Early Light(2001)

Also Known As: By Dawn's Early Light | Showtime Original Pictures For All Ages (04/15/01) |

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Mike Lewis is an awkward, misanthropic 16-year-old who tunes out his parents and his problems by turning up the volume of his headphones or by zoning out in front of his computer. Outside his bedroom door, his parents are arguing again. Sandy and Ron need some time together to repair their strained

Mike's grandfather, Ben Maxwell, is a rancher and all-around cowboy. He thinks that getting close to his daughter's boy will somehow make up for the ten years he's lost by bearing a grudge. When Sandy grew up, she left the ranch and broke his heart. It took the passing of Ben's devoted wife to get them speaking again.

Nothing could prepare Ben for the invasion of "planet teen." Mike's dark presence and dismissive manner rub Ben the wrong way. With the help of Ben's close friend, Eli, Ben comes to understand that his grandson's discontent stems from his low self-esteem and the fact that he has never in his life accomplished anything. Mike does, however, succeed in alienating most everyone in town when he unfurls a mean-spirited prank involving an American flag on the Fourth of July. Ben makes the only decision there is to make -- Mike must leave.

Mike is ecstatic about going home until he discovers his means of travel will be by horseback. It is an 800-mile stretch between Ben's Colorado ranch and the California coastline. Ben sets out for the last great ride of his life and Mike unwittingly sets out to become a man. Together they learn what it means to forgive and be forgiven and what it means to be a family.

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Release Date:  2001 Production Date: 
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Sound:  Production Co:  Andy Bishop .....Cable Operator
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  • Fastestinthewest

    John Brunger M S 2015-02-10

    Mind over matter does matter. MORE>

  • By Dawn's Early Light

    Peggy Joyce 2014-09-16

    The setting of the movie was excellent. The cast was right on target for the characters played. Excellent choice of Richard Crenna as Ben. Such a positive... MORE>

  • By Dawn's Early Light (2000)

    James Higgins 2010-03-27

    After 15 minutes you know exactly how the film is going to turn out. This is another variation on a often used plot. I will say, this version is pretty... MORE>