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22 February 1978 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Irene Tedrow ... Elmira Gallitzin

Mare Winningham ... Janice Gallitzin
Philip Brown ... Michael Gallitzin
George Parry ... Matthew 'Matt' Gallitzin

Herb Edelman ... Doug Ransom

Debra Winger ... Sherrie Hensley
Constance McCashin ... Trina Cunningham
James Calvin Nelson ... Dr. Brennaman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Bliven ... Bruce
Rachel Chavez ... Rachel
Kevin Condit ... Kevin
Lisa Ann Cordova ... Lisa

Charles Dowdy III ... Tanana (as Charles Dowdy)

Charles Durning ... Carl Gallitzin
Kelly B. Goon ... Kelly
James King ... Jimmy
Steve Bill Maier ... Steve
Richard Martinez ... Richard
Brian Schoderbek ... Brian
Nat Simmons ... Ron Burton
Mervyn Smith ... Merv
David Tedrich ... David
Rebecca E. Voss ... Becky

Directed by
Lee Philips 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Sacret Young 

Produced by
Tony Converse .... producer
Roger Gimbel .... executive producer
Merrit Malloy .... producer
Marc Tabulous .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Matz 
Cinematography by
John V. LaBarbera 
Matthew F. Leonetti 
Film Editing by
George Jay Nicholson 
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami 
Other crew
Linda Bearman .... stand-in

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100 min
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It made me wish I was special, 28 February 2003
Author: Rembert from Los Angeles, Ca

It was an awesome sight to see these challenges being completed in such a way. I cried throughout the entire story, i feel overwhelmed with sorrow and joy. This TV show should have never been cancelled, well..... maybe it was a good idea after all.

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