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.
Did You Know?
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