A single father with three teenaged children struggles to keep his family together. One of them is intellectually disabled. The father enrolls him in a special state-run school, where the boy develops a love for sports.

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Credited cast:
Irene Tedrow ...
Elmira Gallitzin
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Janice Gallitzin
Philip Brown ...
Michael Gallitzin
George Parry ...
Matthew 'Matt' Gallitzin
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Doug Ransom
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Sherrie Hensley
Constance McCashin ...
Trina Cunningham
James Calvin Nelson ...
Dr. Brennaman
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Bruce
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Rachel
Kevin Condit ...
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Lisa Ann Cordova ...
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Tanana (as Charles Dowdy)
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Carl Gallitzin
Kelly B. Goon ...
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A single father with three teenaged children struggles to keep his family together. One of them is intellectually disabled. The father enrolls him in a special state-run school, where the boy develops a love for sports.

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A Special Kind of Love  »

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A Very "Special" Movie indeed...
25 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This had to be one of the best made-for-TV movies I had ever seen before in my life.

"Special Olympics" is a very moving, touching, full of emotion movie that would make even the hardest, toughest, meanest person shed a tear. I know I shed close to a hundred while watching this. George Parry's acting as Matt was second to none. Although some big name performers like Debra Winger, Mare Winningham, and Charles Durning acted in this, the presence of Parry makes this film light-hearted and very enjoyable to watch.

I had this movie on VHS but had lost it during my divorce in 2007. I do highly recommend it. The story is very heart-wrenching, powerful, and definitely a very "Special" movie indeed. I remember when it came out on CBS back in 1978 it was called "A Special Kind of Love". This is also one I recommend parents show to their children in order to show acceptance to those who are not like us; it is better than some of the other shows/series on today's TV.

Give "Special Olympics" a look; you won't be disappointed.


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