I read the previous helpful review, but still expected the film to be overly sentimental, twee, and pious.
It is in fact a wonderfully funny, sharp and totally engaging look at life in the depression years of the 1930's in a summer camp for boys somewhere in Canada. There are no heroes, no villains, just a bunch of believable people each with their strengths and weaknesses, sympathetically portrayed.
Beautifully acted by a large and committed cast I would just like to mention, in addition to the two stars, Patricia Gage who plays the rich lady at the camp, rather in the manner of Katherine Hepburn, and Noah Godfrey who plays `Ratface' - what a talented little chap.
Kevin Sullivan, who directed, produced and co-wrote this made for TV film for the Canadian Broadcasting Commission in 1989, seems to have turned out industrial quantities of the stuff. It is difficult to believe, however, that the standard reached by `Looking for Miracles' would be oft repeated.
The DVD itself has no sub-titles and the chapters cannot be accessed from the main menu. The production has the rather flat look of TV films of the period and the sound quality is good.
One of the best TV films I've ever seen and better than most features.
Talking of `rats', people who like `Looking for Miracles' might also want to watch `Ciske the Rat', (available at Amazon.com) a somewhat bleaker, but nonetheless top-drawer, evocation of a boy's life in Holland in the 1930's.