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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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Lena Canada
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Karen
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Dr. Bell
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Tony
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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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This is a real story about young disabled girl who had correspondence with Elvis Presley up to 1963 when she died. See more »

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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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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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