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One Special Victory (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sport  -  8 December 1991 (USA)
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Based on a true story, John Larroquette plays a hotshot executive that ends up in court over a certain charge. He is sentenced to community service. He is assigned to coach a basketball ... See full summary »

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Based on a true story, John Larroquette plays a hotshot executive that ends up in court over a certain charge. He is sentenced to community service. He is assigned to coach a basketball team of mentally handicap citizens. At first, he is reluctant and thinks selfishly of his own needs. Later on, he finds the real meaning of life which is helping others. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Good Enough to Win  »

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Great supporting cast
27 May 2005 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been very good if John Larroquette had not been the lead actor. His frequent mugging for the camera was distracting. He really seems to be in love with himself in this movie. He was well cast as a selfish wealthy salesman who does not care about anybody but himself. Sadly, as the movie winds along his conversion into a caring and more sensitive person is not very convincing. Fortunately, the supporting cast is excellent. As part of his probation, Larroquette is sentenced to coach a team of mentally retarded kids for the Special Olympics. The kids are made up of Joe Pantoliano, Dirk Blocker, Christine Estabrook and a couple of others. Estabrook does a tremendous and very convincing portrayal of Ruthie, a retarded girl who is the soul of the team. Kathy Baker plays the Youth Center's Sports Director who gradually (and not very convincingly) falls in love with Larroquette. Phil Hartman and Angela Bassett round out the cast.

The late Ray Walston is the crusty old manager of the Youth Center where the team works out. The late Beah Richards plays the tough cleaning lady at the Youth Center. Walston and Richards make a good team. It is sad that those kind of homespun folks are no longer around. Richards frequently gives Larroquette some well-deserved tongue-lashings, but while she gives a sincere performance, Larroquette seems to be day-dreaming about Night Court. Even though this was a TV movie, I did not expect Larroquette to mail in his performance like he did. Thanks to the rest of the cast, One Special Victory is a pretty good TV movie.


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