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Unnatural Causes (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 November 1986
Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Frank Coleman
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Maude DeVictor
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Jeanette Thompson
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Fernando 'Nando' Sanchez
Frederick Allen ...
Kid
Richard Anthony Crenna ...
Soldier
Jonathan Welsh ...
Dr. Lester
Luba Goy ...
Rena
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Lloyd
Roger Steffens ...
Golub
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Vincent
Dee McCafferty ...
Eddie
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Bob (as Les Carlson)
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Roberts
Ernest Perry Jr. ...
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Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits counselor who teams up with Coleman to fight a lopsided batted against the bureaucratic system for its cover up of the possible dangers of Agent Orange. Written by Anonymous

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10 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Agent Orange - tuhon siemen  »

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closing title scroll: In 1984, Maude DeVictor was dismissed from the V.A. in a labor dispute. In the summer of 1978, a Vietnam veteran, Paul Reutershan, initiated the first individual Agent Orange lawsuit, which grew into a series of class action lawsuits against the chemical companies. - In the consolidated case, Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein stated that, as of 1984, scientific research had not been able to prove that Agent Orange exposure caused the veterans' disabilities, adding, however, that "Many lives have ...
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Compelling and believable
18 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fans of the late John Ritter, as well as fans of good television in general, would be well advised to check this film out, particularly as it is now fairly easy to find on DVD. The movie focuses on the story of a VA caseworker (Alfre Woodard, in a terrific performance) who champions the cause of a Vietnam vet (Ritter) stricken with cancer caused by Agent Orange. Ritter's performance is totally believable and has not been overpraised. (Hard to believe that four years after this movie aired, Ritter was doing movies like PROBLEM CHILD.) Where he and Woodard are concerned, actors have won Oscars for far lesser work. And catch Woodard in a great role before she began getting typecast as sanctimonious authority figures. Highly recommended - and what with the current world events, this film is just as relevant as ever.


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