Heart is a story about a young man finding his destiny.
with William Heart, a young black 18-year-old student in 1963, on a bus
ride to the California State Wrestling Championships. It is here he faces
an opponent unlike any he's ever faced. Michael Flynn, an Irishman who has
never been defeated in all 4 years of High School and the returning
Heavyweight State Champion. Faced with racism and an angry crowd, William
manages to pull off a miracle and defeats the mighty opponent.
his long time girl friend, Diana, as they both prepare for Fullerton
College, which has a top level Wrestling program. It's here William gets
serious, training for the Olympics, his believed destiny...
Then, in a
sudden turn of events, William gets a draft notice and before William goes
to Vietnam, Diana gives him a special gift. A Mizpah Necklace. There is an
inscription from the bible on its backside. "May God watch over you when
we are apart". She snaps it in half and places one piece onto her necklace
as William wears the other half.
William experiences several attacks and only his unique wrestling skills
enables him to survive, until he is finally captured. Exhausted after 8
long years of torture he prepares to hang himself but amazingly what saves
his life is when his ratty old boot falls off his foot. Out from the boot
spills the Mizpah necklace he's carried with him, all these years.
finally being rescued, he is brought to a VA Hospital, where he watches
along with many other patience, the 1972 Munich Olympics. A wrestling
match between an American and a Brazilian is underway. As the American
pins the Brazilian, the entire room ignites with passion. Then, a close-up
image on the television reveals a familiar face.
Michael Flynn from earlier. His name along with "Winner of the Bronze
Medal", appear on the screen. Enraged, Henry throws anything he can find
at the television set. A bedpan, a light... As the set shatters a riot
ignites. When the doctors rush in to break up the madness we find William
at his weakest moment, on the ground and missing... his right leg.
Now in a
wheelchair and on his way home he sees through the window a terrible
sight, his wife with another man. He confronts her as words are exchanged
and in a fury, he exits leaving the Mizpah on the mailbox.
convinced that there is no God, turns to violence. He gets into trouble
with the law and ultimately is forced into community service. To serve as
a janitor for Hope College, a school for autistic sevants students.
with the students transforms Will and gives him a new purpose in life.
Through an amazing turn of events, he saves the students from a gang of
hoodlums intending to steal their instruments and then helps them make a
special performance. A television event to raise money so that their
school can continue. It is hear William discovers that one of the students
is really his son.
televised event is a success thanks to William, and the school is able to
continue to stay open. The students then host a surprise ceremony for
William's last day as a janitor at the school. They present him with a
gold medal made from tin foil and some ribbon. They tell William that it
is for the gold medal that he should have won a long time ago...
We end with
William finally living out his dreams through his son as his son begins to
wrestle and William becomes head coach.
destiny is realized. Not to be a great wrestler but a great father.
2006 David Kane
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