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Touched by Love (1980)

PG | | Drama | 31 October 1980 (USA)
A young nurse becomes determined to reach an unresponsive teenage cerebral palsy patient by encouraging her to write to her favorite rock singer, Elvis Presley.

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(based on the book by: "To Elvis With Love"), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Lena Canada
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Karen
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Dr. Bell
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Tony
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Amy
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Margaret
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Don Fielder
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Monica (as Twyla Volkins)
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Topper - Child
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A young nurse becomes determined to reach an unresponsive teenage cerebral palsy patient by encouraging her to write to her favorite rock singer, Elvis Presley.

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A true story. A courageous story. A love story that will touch you forever.

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31 October 1980 (USA)  »

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To Elvis, with Love  »

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The original broadcast title was "To Elvis with Love" but the name was changed to "Touched By Love" for the reruns. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just prior to the closing credits, this dedication appears on-screen:

This film is dedicated to Lena for her gift of love and conviction... To Karen for courage and determination... To Elvis Presley for his compassion and ability to spread joy. And, above all, to all the Karens everywhere who may need a friend to say "I care"...a friend like you. See more »

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Don't Be Cruel
Written by Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
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A gripping story of a young girl's devotion to her hero.
13 November 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a touching true story and fine adaption of Lena Canada's book about a lonely handicapped girl(Diane Lane) and her devotion to a very special person. With the help from a social worker(Deborah Raffin), the girl begins writing letters to her hero and the return correspondence transforms her dying days. Her special pen pal is none other than Elvis Presley.

For Elvis fans there is vintage TV footage and Elvis music throughout. Miss Lane is outstanding and warms the heart. This story is sad, uplifting and hopeful. You'll feel good about not passing this one up. Also in the cast are Michael Learned, Clu Gulager and John Amos.

Note: This movie is also known as TO ELVIS, WITH LOVE.


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