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30 September 1979 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Gary Coleman ... Jackie Robinson 'J.R.' Cooper

Robert Guillaume ... Larry Cooper

Gary Collins ... Pete Sloane

Ed McMahon ... Fred Walker

Tricia O'Neil ... Marion Fowler

Tab Hunter ... Bill Lorant
Rick Podell

Alberto Vazquez ... Juan Telles
Peggy Browne
Don Draper
Owen Sullivan
Stu Nahan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon W. Grant ... Rydell

Steve Nave ... Larson

Directed by
Adell Aldrich 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katharyn Powers 
Jack Sher  screenplay
Jack Sher  story

Produced by
Deena Silver-Kramer .... executive producer
David Vreeland .... producer
Original Music by
David Michael Frank  (as David Frank)
Cinematography by
Frank Thackery 
Film Editing by
Robert Hernandez 
Peter Kirby 
Art Direction by
Allan H. Jones  (as Allen Jones)
Production Management
Paul Rapp .... executive in charge of production
Location Management
Ed Horwitz .... location manager
Music Department
Chips Swanson .... music editor
Garry Ulmer .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Neil Rapp .... production coordinator

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Minor league stuff, 24 August 2016
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

The 1970s produced some fine made for television movies, but also a lot that have understandably been forgotten, including this one. It's a remake of the 1953 theatrical movie of the same name. I haven't seen the original, but I did a little research on it, and discovered that it ran a lean 80 minutes in length, while this remake is extended by almost 20 more minutes. This may explain why the first half of the movie feels very slow and padded out. Oddly, in the second half of the movie, it turns to feeling very rushed, with key plot details quickly glossed over. Though probably you want to most of all know about how the late Gary Coleman comes across. He gives off his standard kind of acting, coming across as a somewhat irritating precocious child. Oddly, however, his character for the most part comes across as a secondary character, with the supporting cast often taking the burden of carrying the movie from scene to scene. This is not the worst made for television movie I've seen, though even though I have not seen the original 1953 version, I feel pretty confident in saying that you should seek that version out instead of this weak remake.

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