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Love, Mary (1985)

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
Dorothy Dells ...
Beatrice Symes
David Sage ...
Dr. Miller
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Jeanine
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Delia
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Christopher
Sarah Partridge ...
Barbara
Ron Recasner ...
Bernard Fuller
Tamu Blackwell ...
Eugenia
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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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8 October 1985 (USA)  »

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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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Delinquent, dyslexic young woman's rocky road to redemption...
15 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Kristy McNichol plays real-life Mary Groda-Lewis, who spent four years as a troubled teenager in reform school in the 1960s before being diagnosed with dyslexia, showing a flair for literature and chosen to participate in the Upward Bound program, giving delinquent kids a taste of college life. TV-movie covers many years of our heroine's life, following her on an arduous journey from drop-out to motherhood to stroke victim to wife to medical student. Unfortunately, Clifford Campion's teleplay is overstuffed with melodrama, which makes the first 30 minutes of the film exhausting to wade through. Director Robert Day isn't able to capture the look of the era due to the financial constraints of the medium, and his overall handling of the material is gummy and warm (with a determined tug at the heartstrings), but McNichol gives a forthright performance.


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