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Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (1991)

A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

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Jill Ireland
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Dorothy, Jill's mother
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Jill's father
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Vicky
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Valentine McCallum
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Paul McCallum
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Himself (TV interviewer)
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Zuleika, Jason's sister
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Dr. Hynes
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Dr. Horden
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A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

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20 May 1991 (USA)  »

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Excellent flick
8 October 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I seem to be outnumbered, but I found this a wonderfully acted movie. I knew of Jill Ireland and Charles Bronson from their films together, but not their personal story. I found it incredible and yet heartbreaking as to the final outcome of some of the characters.

Jill Clayburgh is a fine actress and she brings great histrionics to her role as Jill. She is back by an excellent cast and equally fine direction. I never read the book and can't compare as others do so I judge this on what I saw. Lance Henrikien as Bronson was a great match to Clayburgh's talent. They had some of the best moments in the movie. Neill Barry as the adopted son was nothing short of brilliant. He brought painful honesty to the role. Always believable. As his real life Mom, Elizabeth Ashley, was superb. It was good to see her back in films. You don't see much of her these days and she's a good actress. Then the brothers played by Jimmy McNichol and Clint Allen were very supportive in their efforts.

Lila Kaye, the English comedienne, and the late Jack Gwillim played Clayburgh's parents. They were a hoot. Gwillim was amazing in his acting the role of a man losing his facilities. Chalk up high marks for directing by Michal Ray Rhoades and you have an awesome movie for TV.


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