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A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)

Mary Thomas is a single mother with nine children in a rough Chicago neighborhood. She struggles through poverty, resisting gangsters, violence and drugs while battling an indifferent city ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Mary Thomas
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Ruby Thomas
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Michael Thomas
Garland Spencer ...
Isiah Thomas - Middle School
Larry O. Williams Jr. ...
Isiah Thomas - High School
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Brother Ted (as James Sheridan)
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Nero
Shamon Ricks ...
Jojo
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Mary (16 years)
Barbara E. Robertson ...
Cynthia Baker ...
Sister Kevin Anne
Marty Higginbotham ...
Mr. Davis
Ed Grennan ...
Mayor Daley
Moon Hi Hanson ...
Dr. Kim
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Mary Thomas is a single mother with nine children in a rough Chicago neighborhood. She struggles through poverty, resisting gangsters, violence and drugs while battling an indifferent city bureaucracy. Her children thrive under her protection, despite the dangers and temptations of their neighborhood. Mary's youngest son, Isiah Thomas, grows up to be one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, leading the Detroit Pistons to two championships. Written by Jwelch5742

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3 December 1989 (USA)  »

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La historia de Mary Thomas  »

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It's a wonderful (true) life
26 January 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The story of a devoted mother's efforts to keep her children on the straight and narrow, despite the many temptations facing them on the streets of their squalid neighbourhood. Dramatisation of real events, as they say.


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