This 2001 feature motion picture tells the story of the 1971 Unlimited hydroplane gold cup championship. It was filmed in Madison Indiana. It follows the famous Jim McCormick victory in the Miss Madison. You can learn much about our city and the sport of hydroplane boat racing from this film. This win has become a local legend, as the community owned Miss Madison triumphed in front of the hometown crowd.
Madison the Movie completed post production in 2001, but wasn’t released until April 2005. It ended up being the last film ever released by MGM as an independent company.
I remember watching this film for the first time. I was never more proud of our city. Yes there were some details that Hollywood got wrong, but the story is just as powerful. There is nothing like seeing all the familiar places in your life on the big screen.
More About “Madison” the Movie
- Madison on IMDB
- Madison Movie on Wikipedia
- What Really Happened – local newspaper compares the movie to reality
- The Official Miss Madison Website
- See photos from a local website taken during the filming.
- Click here to purchase the DVD or download the movie online.
Trivia About the Movie
- McCormick resided in Owensboro, Kentucky; not in Madison, Indiana as the film stated.
- After winning the 1971 Gold Cup, Jim McCormick and the Miss Madison made it 2 wins in a row, when he won the Atomic Cup in Tri City, Washington, three weeks later on July 26, 1971.
- The film states that the APBA Gold Cup race at Madison, Indiana took place on Labor Day, in fact it took place on July 4 that year.
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