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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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Mitch Snyder
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Carol Fennelly
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Reverend
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Harold Moss
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Muriel
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Hank Dudney
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Tom
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Jordan Charney ...
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Billy
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Ida Sinclair
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Diane Fisk
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Melvin Mander
Matthew Laurance ...
Max
John McLiam ...
Jessie
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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 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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A szamaritánus: Mitch Snyder története  »

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Somewhat Sanitized
11 August 2010 | by (New York,NY USA) – See all my reviews

"Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story" was decent enough. I think if I saw this during the eighties, I'd have appreciated it more. I do remember seeing a lot of homeless in my city and the consensus was that Ronald Reagan had much to do with it. It's amazing that President Reagan's name or likeness wasn't seen or spoken once in the entire television movie! But the real issue was how none of the very real sanitary problems of the homeless wasn't addressed at all. Not everyone is insensitive to the homeless blight, but when the stench of lack of showers or toiletries makes any kind of affinity extremely difficult, how can one blame the public? I wanted to like this movie, but it struck me as just a little too hokey for my tastes. (7 out of 10)


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