The true story of John Chapman, a college president who took a sabbatical and went out and got a job as a general laborer, to try to experience life outside his well-ordered but insulated college environment.

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John Chapman
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Grady
Norman Bernard
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Andy Chapman
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Al
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Richard L. Hawkins
Gardner Hayes ...
Victor
Elayne Heilveil ...
Meredith Chapman
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Gus Reed
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The true story of John Chapman, a college president who took a sabbatical and went out and got a job as a general laborer, to try to experience life outside his well-ordered but insulated college environment.

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I was the Cook
19 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've had trouble watching The Secret Life of John Chapman solely because I was the cook in the movie. I started out as an extra but after the first scene with Ralph Waite I was made an actor. I had a full beard at the time and ad libbed the comment, "are you sure you've done this before" when Ralph had pulled the bread drawer out unto the floor. It would be fun to get a commercial copy of this movie. I have an old copy that I taped from its airing on TV. I'd like to get a better copy.

Has the movie ever been released? It's worth a look because of the way Ralph's character discovered that his perspective wasn't necessarily shared by his kids.

Jeff


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