NIAGRA FALLS, Ontario - Burt Reynolds returns to video and the big screen this fall as a Jewish shopkeeper who tackles issues of faith in the Cloud Ten Pictures release "Waterproof."
The movie also stars April Grace (Finding Forrester) and Orlando Jones (Evolution). The street date is scheduled for late October, 2001 with a suggested retail price of $29.95. A limited theatrical release is planned.
The emotionally charged film sees faith meeting the harshnest of cruel realities in both the rough streets of Washington, D.C. and the sleepy town of Waterproof, Louisana. In a sudden act of violence, a Jewish shopkeeper, Eli Zeal, played by Reynolds, is thrown into the world of an African American family headed by a grandmother of irrepressible faith.
Wounded and slowly recovering, Eli initially struggles with his forced captivity, but soon finds himself understanding the power of forgiveness while breaking down the walls of racism by fitting in with the family that has taken him in-especially with Grandpa Sugar, the wise family patriarch.
But, the unplanned family reunion causes the entire family to confront their own deeply buried secret that eventually brings about an emotional and spiritual rebirth with the help of Eli.
"Unrelated to anything we've ever done, 'Waterproof' fits well into the umbrella of Cloud Ten films," said Byron Jones, vice president of entertainment for Cloud Ten. "The storyline, dialog and superb performance by the cast really bring home the message that faith heals all wounds."
Jones is also convinced of the soul-winning power of the film.
"The long walk to the altar by one of the characters hits you deep in your heart and you find yourself cheering as a lost loved one comes home," he said.