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Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family | History  -  7 October 1984 (USA)
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A recently blinded man becomes one of the first American users of a seeing eye dog and must fight to remove the legal barriers impeding its use.

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When an insurance salesman is blinded in a boxing accident, his world is turned upside down as he has trouble functioning in his sightless world. All seem hopeless until he learns of an innovative European project that trains dogs as guides for the blind. He explores the idea and decides to train for a dog. He eventually gets a guide dog, but soon learns that he is barred from taking his needed companion into transit vehicles and public buildings and businesses. With a newfound friend, he must fight to make the country recognize that those rules are unfair to him and his guide. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Restaurant Owner: [Both men are discussing why dogs are not permitted in the restaurant] ... Among other reasons, dogs have a - well, a disagreeable *odor*, for lack of a better term.
Morris Frank: Well, do you smell anything disagreeable right now?
[the other man shakes his head negatively]
Morris Frank: Neither do I. Buddy?
[Buddy emerges from under the table, where she has been hidden the whole time]
Restaurant Owner: NO DOGS ALLOWED, and that's FINAL! Now take this - this MUTT and leave, before I call the city pound.
Morris Frank: [with a shrug] Let's go, Buddy. I know a...
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The story of overcoming obstacles for the blind to use seeing eye dogs, and of the first seeing eye dog and the relationship with her handler
7 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a beautiful, loving movie! It's the story of a blind man's attempt to get legislation passed to allow seeing eye dogs into public places, like restaurants and offices--things that we, today, just take for granted. It has many sub-plots as well, though, like the relationship between Morris and his parents and between him and his fiancé. My favorite is the relationship that develops between Morris and Buddy. It shows the work that goes into training a dog to work with the blind, and makes us appreciate what these dogs are capable of. It's a "feel-good" movie--one that everyone who has ever loved a dog would appreciate.


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