Gus (Manuscript)



A tragic tractor accident leaves a father fighing guilt and a nine year old boy fighting to recover after his arm is severed from his body and his leg is mangled. Ronny is one tough cookie and it is his faith that helps fortify the family in the days which follow the accident.

Dove Review

Lyons, Nebraska. 1975. August. Don Gustafson is Ronny’s dad. Ronny, nine years old, loves playing football and he works hard at it. But a tragic accident results in Ronny losing his arm. He tells his dad right after the tragic tractor incident that he will still play ball. So begins this manuscript, based on a true story. Ronny is also known as Gus, and he is one tough cookie. His father Don feels responsible for the accident but Ronny’s positive attitude, despite the pain and slow healing process, fortifies the faith of his entire family. The family looks to the Lord and they find a silver lining in the clouds.

This is a wholesome story and nicely illustrates what can happen when families and friends pull together during times of crisis. There are several themes in the script, including dealing with loss, adjusting to change; making difficult decisions and clinging to a faith in God when everything is going wrong. We gladly award this story our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Butt-1; brothers call each other names in jest such as knot-head.
Violence: A tractor accident in which a young man's arm is severed and his leg crushed and his father is scraped up badly; a man punches a wall in frustration; boy's foot is seen and is missing two toes.
Drugs: Man with cigarette in mouth; smoking; a lit cigarette in ash tray; a few smoking scenes; man tells a flashback story in which having a beer was mentioned;
Nudity: None
Other: A minister prays for injured boy and his family; a hurting man questions God; people pray in church; a young man has to deal with physical pain; family attends church.


Company: Full Armed Films
Genre: Drama
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter