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Act of Love (1980)

Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to ... See full summary »

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Leon Cybulkowski
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Andrew Rose
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Joseph Cybulkowski
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Victor Burton
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Eugenia Cybulkowski
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Margaret Cybulkowski
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Joan Gruber
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Becky Wiggins
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Dr. Warren Fitzpatrick
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Judge Traviera
Kent Williams ...
Dr. Mitchell
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Nurse Watkins
Michael Flanagan ...
Dr. Gerald Oliver
Laurence Haddon ...
Doctor
Brian Farrell ...
Mr. Carney
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Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to stand trial for first-degree murder after the mercy killing. Michael De Guzman's teleplay was inspired by Paige.

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24 September 1980 (USA)  »

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Heartbreaking Story of Euthanasia
8 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a gut wrenching story of a two brother that were extremely close, Leon & Joseph Cybulkowski. Joseph was riding a motorcycle, had an accident that left him a quadriplegic. Joseph did not want to live that way - he felt he was only a "head", that's all he was able to use

  • so he made his brother Leon promise to kill him if the operation


still left him a quadriplegic. Leon did shoot his brother - kill him as promised. A lawyer took Leon's case because the courts want him charged with 1st degree murder, the lawyer does not want to use the euthanasia (mercy killing) defense, he wants to use the "not right in the head" defense. Now it's Leon himself and his lawyer to convince the court to let Leon go.

Watching this film I do not see Opie Taylor nor do I see Richie Cunningham - I see Ron Howard the actor. And Ron Howard is damned good in this film. The rest of the cast is also super. Everyone is very convincing.

I really enjoyed this film. I know that if I ended up in a situation like Joseph I want to be euthanized too but NOT by gunshot though!! I felt pity for both brothers and their family.

8/10


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