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It's Good to Be Alive (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  22 February 1974 (USA)
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The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, whose career was cut short when he lost the use of his legs in an auto accident in January of 1958.

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Roy Campanella
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Sam Brockington (as Lou Gossett)
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Ruth Campanella
Ramon Bieri ...
Walter O'Malley
Joe De Santis ...
Roy Campanella's Father (as Joe DeSantis)
Ty Henderson ...
David Campanella
Ketty Lester ...
Roy Campanella's Mother
Julian Burton ...
Dr. Rusk
Lloyd Gough ...
Surgeon
Eric Woods ...
Roy Campanella as a Boy
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Man at Accident
Gene Borkan
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie (as Stymie Beard)
Paul Savior ...
Attendant
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Boy (as Stanley Clay)
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The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, whose career was cut short when he lost the use of his legs in an auto accident in January of 1958. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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When Roy is taking his first 'tour' of the Rehab center he sees several children playing. One girl is playing with a toy telephone that has a push-button dial. Push-button phones were not introduced until the early 1970s. See more »

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It's no pity party
24 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is about the life of baseball player Roy Campanella following his car accident that left him paralyzed back in 1958. Up until that point, he'd been a major star--having been the league's MVP and all-star many times. Apparently, the film is based on a book written by Campanella about how he and his family dealt with the disability. Interestingly, this made for TV film was directed by Michael Landon and stars Paul Winfield as Campanella.

So is it worth seeing? Yes. I liked how the film was NOT simply a schmaltzy inspirational story--a story that would have seemed very fake. Instead, Campanella, for a while, wallows in self-pity. Additionally, instead of bringing his family together, it just brought out the problems that were there and magnified them. All in all, a very good film and one that is apparently in the public domain, as it's available at archive.org--a website frequently linked to IMDb. My only quibbles are that of a history teacher, as some of the fashions and hairstyles are not true to the period--but, aside from nuts like me, most folks won't notice or care.


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