I watched this Canadian film last night on DVD and thought it was wonderful. It has a great sense of humor especially for old-farts like myself as it was set in the '50s. Very funny as I would say it is first and foremost a comedy. The storyline lends itself to the Holidays so it might be a little more enjoyable this time of year.
Instead of trying to cover what it's about I'll just let imdb.com do a much better job...
"Set in Hamilton in 1954, Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. Ralph is a fatherless 14-year-old with a seriously ill mother, who knows he's a time bomb waiting to explode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness will manifest itself. An unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently sets him on this road when, as penance, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running, and determines to win the Boston Marathon."
As far the the transfer and audio goes I didn't really notice them as the story was enjoyable enough that I stayed within the movie the entire time. I'm sure they aren't referemce material but so what as I guess I'll remember the good time longer without all of the technical details overriding the experience.
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