Hamilton Cade is an alcoholic teacher striving to put his life back together. He accepts a job tutoring an "exceptional child" only to find that young Freddie is mentally retarded (an ... See full summary »
A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.
Hamilton Cade is an alcoholic teacher striving to put his life back together. He accepts a job tutoring an "exceptional child" only to find that young Freddie is mentally retarded (an outstanding performance by retarded actor Billy Schulman). A black man who works for Freddie's father also becomes interested in teaching the child, and becomes a second role model for him. A "Hall of Fame" production. Written by
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I saw this Hall Mark Hall of Fame TV film once when it first aired and have never seen it since. Once however was enough to leave a lasting impression. David McCallum who was well know at the time for his Man from U.N.C.L.E. role is a teacher trying to get his life back on track and accepts a job as a tutor for a mentally retarded youth named Freddie played masterfully by Billy Schulman himself a mentally challenged person.
Ossie Davis is a jack of all trades for the youth's father. While McCallums character struggles to teach Freddie Davis takes a different approach towards the boy and the boy learns a number of things from him. Why this film is not shown more is a shame.
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