‘The Summer of Walter Hacks’ returns to theaters | Film

Two 11-year-old children sit on the porch, trying to decide who will be wearing the cowboy hat. A rumpled fedora with the sides curled up.

“I don’t want to be the beautiful girl; all they do is hand beer to dirty men. I want to be the hero.”

“Well, who am I then?”

“You can be the old guy who travels with him.”

George Woodard’s 2010 award-winning film “The Summer of Walter Hacks” is back.

Nominated for best screenplay and best stunts by Maverick Movies Awards, the story is about the adventures of an 11-year-old boy in the summer of 1952.

Walter gets a job at a farm machinery repair shop, but as he travels around on his bicycle (his horse) helping fix farm equipment, his adventures parallel the western movies he loves. The getaway, the showdown, the shootout, the runaway stagecoach (a farm tractor) and saving the beautiful girl from impending doom and riding off into the sunset.

Filmed in black and white, the film is an accurate presentation of that time gone by. It’s exciting, it’s funny, it’s sad and it’s a movie any 11-year-old should see, and any 60-year-old will remember.

There will be three showings: Saturday, Feb.11, Waterbury Brookside Primary School, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, Vergennes Opera House, 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 25, Morrisville River Arts, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door.

There will also be a preview of Woodard’s new film, “The Farm Boy.” In this World War II era story, the Waterbury Center filmmaker follows a young man from the farm to Europe in what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge.

The film will premiere in late March.

Visit hangingmudflapproductions.com for more information.

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