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Midwest Puddle Pirate
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I heard the movie pretty much sucked, but I wanted to see it anyway just because it has sailing in it. Well, it must have sucked pretty bad. I found that the total theatrical earnings for the movie was about $275K, not even enough to pay for copies of the movie to send to the few theaters that got it. Disney corp appears to have disowned the movie all together. I can't find any evidence on Disney's web site that the movie ever existed. No trailer, no description, nothing.

If it sucked that bad, maybe it's a good thing I won't have to sit through it.
 

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I saw it with my kids, I thought it was pretty good. But as far as the general public is concerned, I can see why it wasn't a big moneymaker. It was strictly about sailing, no dramatic plot lines or behind the scenes sexual innuendo like your typical reality show. It was just a good clean movie about some teens who have a passion for sailboat racing. My family enjoyed it because we are all sailors, but I doubt it would hold the attention of your everyday lubber. Besides, I think it was just a pet project of Roy Disney, so I don't think they were too concerned about turning a profit.
With any hope, it might fuel the interest of a future sailor.
 

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So, I have Wind on my iPod. I still fast forward to the Cup scenes... there's got to be a couple of scenes in this thing worth watching.
 

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Midwest Puddle Pirate
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Anyone heard when Morning Light is coming to DVD?
That's the info I was looking for when I found no information about the movie on disney's web site. If it weren't for the 'making of' book on amazon, it would be like it never existed.
 

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Anyone heard when Morning Light is coming to DVD?
From the Netflix site:
Morning Light

has been added to the Saved section of your DVD Queue
Availability:

<dl><dt>DVD:</dt><dd>Unknown</dd></dl>
 

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I enjoyed it but wouldn't recommend it to people who are not into sailing. Very little plot or development of the characters. But that is about as close as I am going to get to competing in a race on that kind of boat.
 

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I thought it was pretty good. After just putting my boat away for the winter, it really hit the spot.

I really love the article from the New York Post-

"HALF-AVAST YACHT SNOTS"

"BLOWING some of the fam ily stash on a project of al most surreal vanity, Roy Disney and his uncle's company bring us a docu mentary about his pet sport, sailing across the Pacific. "Morning Light" belongs, if anywhere, on channel 145 of your cable system.

Roy, long known within Disney as "the idiot nephew," sponsored a crew of 15 immensely spoiled collegians to be filmed sailing his 52-foot sloop from California to Hawaii for a "Roy E. Disney Production" that was, moreover, "Conceived and Produced by Roy E. Disney."

Cue the training sequence!

The aristo-brats are required to jump into a swimming pool and tread water for five minutes with their shoes on. Horrible! Still, one of them nearly drowns, proving that he shouldn't be allowed near a body of water larger than a bottle of Poland Spring.

"This has been extremely nerve-wracking for me," says a teen who, while he worries about making the cut, gives every indication that his nerves have never even been given a noogie, much less wracked. "I think the best way to overcome fear is to face it head on," says another youth. Astonishing: only 20 years old, and already a master of clich�.

Since you can't see the other boats in the competition most of the time, every scene looks alike: the waves, the boat bobbing. So all we've got is the personality dynamics, but no one ever argues - even when the gang throws the lone black guy overboard to test their lifesaving skills.

The sailors seem to have had their senses of irony amputated around the time their trust funds kicked in. "Disappointment. Frustration. Loneliness," says a girl (and perhaps amateur poet) who has just thrown away her chances because she broke her arm snowboarding. "It's almost impossible to explain how unhappy I was," says a benched sailor.

On the open seas, one kid says, "I started thinking, I'm already missing the small things - cheese pizza, HBO." Another chimes in, "No family and friends from back home. No Starbucks. No movies. No music. No surfing." Twelve days without HBO - has the UN Human Rights Commission been notified? The scene where food stores run low would be more convincing if it didn't end with the skipper throwing his oatmeal (or whatever it is) overboard because it tastes icky.

I wasn't just rooting against the Morning Light; I prayed for a U-boat ambush or a cannon attack from the broadside of the Black Pearl. Hey, daredevils, want to prove your worth in a non-useless adventure? The military is hiring.

MORNING LIGHT

Boat of fools."

HALF-AVAST YACHT SNOTS - New York Post
 

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Midwest Puddle Pirate
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Good find. When I put Morning Light in the box that says "movie finder and more" I got nothing that had anything to do with the movie. Every link I followed from other sites to disney came up with disney's web site, but but a could not find web page message on it. Maybe we'll get to see a horrible reality show with a little sailing mixed in after all.
 

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There is a book about the boat I just saw at barnes and noble, it is all about the crew and the race.
 
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