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Sam's Son (1984)

 -  Drama  -  17 August 1984 (USA)
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Michael Landon's semi-autobiographical sketch of his earlier life. It's the story of Gene Orowitz, a high school student struggling with his bed-wetting, who finds success as a distance ... See full summary »

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Sam Orowitz
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Harriet Orowitz
Timothy Patrick Murphy ...
Gene Orowitz
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Cathy Stanton
Clyde Hayes ...
Robert Woods (as Alan Hayes)
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Bonnie Barnes
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Gene Orman
Howard Witt ...
Cy Martin
William Boyett ...
Coach Sutter
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Ronnie Morgan
David Lloyd Nelson ...
Lonnie Morgan
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Mr. Turner (as William H. Bassett)
Harvey Gold ...
Jake Bellow
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Mr. Collins
David Wakefield ...
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Michael Landon's semi-autobiographical sketch of his earlier life. It's the story of Gene Orowitz, a high school student struggling with his bed-wetting, who finds success as a distance runner on the track team. Written by Anonymous

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At 17, you think you can conquer the world. At 18, you know you can. His wildest dream is about to come true. See more »

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Originally intended as a made-for-TV movie, but NBC ordered Michael Landon to create another pilot for a TV series, which would have been "Highway To Heaven" (1984). See more »

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Sam Orowitz: [He shines his flashlight on Robert, who has his foot up on the seat] All right, get your foot off the seat.
Robert Woods: I'm just resting, Pops.
Sam Orowitz: You want to rest? Go to bed. Get your foot off the seat.
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8 April 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"Sam's Son" is notable in the Michael Landon oeuvre as the only big-screen movie he made as a writer-director; it still seems TV-ish both in casting - Timothy Patrick Murphy from "Dallas," Jonna Lee from "Otherworld" - and scope (and in fact it was barely released to cinemas at the time), and it's not bad for what it is; a family drama focusing on the relationship between a father and son, with the son channeling his personal problems into athletics and eventually becoming a champion javelin tosser, played in bookends by the late Mr. Landon.

Interestingly, in 1976 Michael Landon wrote and directed the TV movie "The Loneliest Runner," which is remarkably similar to this movie; both are about teenage boys with humiliating personal problems and extremely unfeeling mothers, both main characters have extremely supporting and caring fathers (in "The Loneliest Runner" the mother is so mean that she hangs out her son's wet sheets for all to see, all of which makes the moment when Brian Keith finally tells her to "shut up" even more satisfying... not that it's manipulative or anything, heaven forfend), both characters grow up to be successful athletes, and both are played in their adult years by guess which cast member of "Little House on the Prairie"? (Clue: Not Richard Bull.)

I guess Michael Landon had more baggage in his real life than his famously schmaltzy TV shows let on. Isn't that always the way? (Of course, that won't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen the TV movie about his family...)


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