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Something for Joey (1977)

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This is based on the true story about the relationship between Penn State football player John Cappelletti and his younger brother Joey, who has lukemia. John and Joey's bond is a strong ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Cappelletti
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
John Cappelletti Sr
John Cappelletti
Jeff Lynas ...
Joey Cappelletti
Joyce Cappelletti, Narrator
Brian Farrell ...
Marty Cappelletti
Jean Cappelletti
Mike Cappelletti
Joe Paterno
Stephen Parr ...
Eddie O'Neil
David Hooks ...
June Dayton ...
Mrs. Frome
Dr. Wingreen
David Garfield ...
Dr. Klunick
Kevin McKenzie ...


This is based on the true story about the relationship between Penn State football player John Cappelletti and his younger brother Joey, who has lukemia. John and Joey's bond is a strong one. Joey hangs out with John in the Penn State locker room, and inspires him to be the top college football player in the country. Their bond knows no boundries and goes beyond making touchdowns and winning awards. Written by Pat McCurry <>

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6 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algo para Joey  »

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$12,400,000 (Japan)

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1.33 : 1
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An extraordinarily moving story about familial love
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Incredibly moving version of football legend John Cappelletti's family struggles and strengths while living with youngest brother/son Joey's leukemia ordeal.

Far more than a disease of the week movie not just because of the power of the story but also the talent of the people telling the story. Marc Singer as John has never been better than he is in this. If you're only familiar from his Beastmaster appearances and other B-level films he's a revelation. Matching his fine work is Jeff Lynas as Joey as well Linda Kelsey as his sister-in-law who narrates the story and in small roles a just starting out Steve Guttenberg and Kathleen Beller.

The real power of the story aside from the bond between the brothers is the award worthy work of Gerald O'Loughlin and Geraldine Page as the brood's parents. O'Loughlin is full of gruff but kind patience and understanding but it is Gerry Page as the glue that holds the family together that will tear at your heart. She is never less than faultless and there are several silent moments when she offers some of the most beautifully simple but absolutely true human moments ever filmed. A real chance to see a master ply her craft.

The final scene could make a stone cry. A classic example of how good television could be when the proper elements are assembled.

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