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Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  19 May 1986 (USA)
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Fact-based story about Mitch Snyder (Martin Sheen), a Washington crusader for the homeless, who took their case to Congress. Working for the Community for Creative Non-violence, Snyder ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitch Snyder
Carol Fennelly
Harold Moss
Hank Dudney
Susan Baker
Pete Stark
Ida Sinclair
Diane Fisk
Melvin Mander
John McLiam ...


Fact-based story about Mitch Snyder (Martin Sheen), a Washington crusader for the homeless, who took their case to Congress. Working for the Community for Creative Non-violence, Snyder became outraged at the number of homeless people who had been dumped on the Washington streets without shelter from mental institutions and other care facilities. His advocacy drew national attention to the "missing persons" that live among us. Cicely Tyson also appears as a bag-lady who teaches Snyder and his cohorts how to survive on the streets. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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A szamaritánus: Mitch Snyder története  »

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1 September 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I knew Mitch Snyder pretty well before the big shelter on 2nd & D opened. There are limits on what can be presented in a "made for TV" movie. The TV version of Mitch Snyder was as cuddly as a teddy bear. Most TV characters are I suppose. The real Mitch was a bit more complex. He could be impossible and egotistical. He didn't respond well to 'feedback.' Since ending homelessness was his personal struggle, he pushed himself beyond his limits and encouraged those who worked with him to be equally dedicated. He wasn't mellow. He wasn't cuddly as a teddy bear. He was, however, extremely interesting. More important, he did more to bring homeless awareness to the forefront of the national conscience than any other person or organization.

If anyone wants to know more about M. Snyder and the early CCNV, see if you can dig up a wonderful CBS documentary (narrated by Martin Sheehan) called "Promises to Keep." It reveals more about CCNV's struggles than "Samaritan." It also provides accurate glimpses into M. Snyder's character.

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