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Death Be Not Proud (1975)

Based on the book by famed author John Gunther about the life and early death of his teenage son Johnny, who died from a brain tumor.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Based on the book by famed author John Gunther about the life and early death of his teenage son Johnny, who died from a brain tumor.

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4 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Je t'aimais mon fils  »

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Beautiful Film
3 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on the book, Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther, Sr. wrote on the true account of his son's death, this is a television experience not to be missed. You can tell the minute a film opens with its first image, the first spoken word, if it's going to be good. I knew instantly this was going to be a great film. Robby Benson as the young Johnny Gunther was truly moving. His performance embodied vitality and strength, along with naiveté and sensitiveness of that college age. After his father, who's a noted writer among other things and underplayed wonderfully by Arthur Hill, had decided to try and be more present for his son, as young Johnny would come to need him more and more as he matured, it is discovered that Johnny has a brain tumor. Through all the operations and hope and strong will and resolve, we see young Johnny slowly deteriorate, but he never lost his love of life. If you've never seen this, I ask you to Youtube this, so you can witness one of the few essential television movies to see in your lifetime.


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