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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Dr. Gerald Oliver
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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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The home where the accident happened in Act of Love, was on the Pine Lake Plateau above Lake Sammamish in Issaquah Washington. The home was built in the 1800's and in 1915 my father was born there. The house is now on the Washington State Historic register. I met Ron Howard when I went to watch part of the filming and showed him where my grandmother marked the heights of my dad and his brother as they grew. So...there is history in this film, just never talked about. See more »

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Genius, esp. in light of "Million Dollar Baby"
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Am I the only person in America who remembers this film? Did Ron shoot his brother in the face or in the chest? and....wasn't the slo-mo sequence of the brothers motorcycle accident the worst accident/tragedy sequence in history? Sweet Mother of all things holy- If I was a neck down parapalegic, and couldn't even move except with the sip-n-suck, I'd hope one of my loved ones put me out of my misery too That said, I thought Ron Howard was pretty Opie-like in this film, especially considering the effect of blowing a big hole in his brothers chest would have on the open casket and his ability to plead non-guilty ("Honest, Officer Fife, I was in the sweet shop having a malt with Eddie Haskell").


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