A teen (Kristy McNichol), who is always in trouble in school and has been sent to reform school, turns her life around when a counselor (Rachel Ticotin) discovers she is dyslexic.

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Mary Groda-Lewis
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Fennie Groda
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David Lewis
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Rachel Martin
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Christine Groda
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Jill
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Dr. Sitton
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Bernard Fuller
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A teen (Kristy McNichol), who is always in trouble in school and has been sent to reform school, turns her life around when a counselor (Rachel Ticotin) discovers she is dyslexic.

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This was the fifth and final TV movie Kristy McNichol made for CBS under a deal her mother negotiated in 1977: five films for a total sum of $1,000,000. The others were "Summer Of My German Soldier" (1978), "Like Mom, Like Me" (1978), "My Old Man (1979), and "Blinded By the Light" (1980). See more »

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Set in 1966, the tall skyscrapers seen on the city's skyline at the opening were not built until the 1970s and 80s. See more »

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Based on an Upward Bound program
5 March 2007 | by (South Korea) – See all my reviews

headed by Art Pearl and the University of Oregon, I think. The film is in part a celebration of the success of the program in demonstrating the academic capability of low-status, "at-risk" students. It was made during a time of conservative attacks on such programs, and in this regard it was an important film.

It's easy to see why a teacher would choose this film for a high school class, especially if she wants students to examine the mantras of (educational) hierarchy intoned endlessly by right-wing populists. Sadly, the film remains relevant in 2007. Students like Mary are clearly ill-served by the rigid, standardized testing regimes prescribed by legislation like Bush's No Child Left Behind.


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