Bill Sackter, a intellectually disabled man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He is taken in by a kind ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Bill Sackter
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Barry Morrow
Largo Woodruff ...
Beverly Morrow
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Ms. Marge Keating
Harry Goz ...
Dr. Tom Walz
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Mrs. Florence Archer
William J. Daprato ...
Ray
Raymond Serra ...
Harry (as Ray Serra)
Jenny Rebecca Dweir ...
Amy Hill (as Jenny Dweir)
Breon Gorman ...
Children's Teacher
George Hamlin ...
Mr. Robert Morrow
Katharine Balfour ...
Mrs. Morrow (as Katherine Balfour)
Cordis Heard ...
Arlene
Harriet Rogers ...
Mae
Lotte Palfi Andor ...
Ida Miller (as Lotta Palfi-Andor)
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Bill Sackter, a intellectually disabled man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He is taken in by a kind family and learns for the first time in his life what it means to love. Written by <Hunk@prodigy.net>

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A heartwarming true story.

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22 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Followed by Bill: On His Own (1983) See more »

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Poor Fool
Music by William Kraft
Lyrics by William Humecke
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Fantastic TV Movie
4 May 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie again after many years. I always remembered seeing it on TV and it left me with such a lasting impression. It had been so many years, that when I just watched it I cried all over again like it was the first time I had ever seen it. I have been watching some of the Andy Hardy films lately, and I think that Mickey Rooney was an under-appreciated actor. I know that there are some negative things on the 'Message Boards', but all I can say is my one meeting with him was very positive- My son's class went to see him in the production of the 'Wizard of Oz' at Madison Square Garden where he played the Wizard. He was gracious to everyone, especially the children. For me it was a dream come true. If you are a fan of Mickey Rooney and have never seen this film, please do... you will love it. The sequel, 'Bill on his Own' is also a wonderful film. I would recommend you seeing both to complete the experience of seeing Mickey in his Emmy Award winning role!


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