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Touched by Love (1980)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  31 October 1980 (USA)
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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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Lena Canada
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Karen
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Dr. Bell
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Tony
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Monica (as Twyla Volkins)
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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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To Elvis, with Love  »

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Much of the score by John Barry are variations of the tune for "Aura Lee," which is the song on which Elvis' "Love Me Tender" was based. See more »

Crazy Credits

(Closing dedication) This film is dedicated to Lena for her gift of love and conviction... To Karen for courage and determination... 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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Love Me Tender
Written by Ken Darby (uncredited), Vera Matson, Elvis Presley
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Hard to swallow True Story
17 May 2003 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

This film, starring a young Diane Lane is a film made after Elvis Presley's death. Supported by the Elvis, Inc, this movie tells the story of a girl with Cerebral Palsey who becomes Elvis' pen pal and he actually returns her letters. He also showers her with gifts and gives her his private address to write back. This movie is not really about Elvis, but rather about a girl who struggles to do everyday tasks that we all take for granted and a caring nurse who never sways from her belief in "Karen" (played by Diane Lane). Also featuring Michael Learned (of "The Walton's" fame) and John Amos (of "Good Times"), this is a moving film and despite it's undisguised attempts to pull at the audience's heart strings, shows a side of Elvis Presley rarely seen, that of compassionate friend to a very sick girl.


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