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Writers (WGA):
Tom Nursall (written by) &
Harris Goldberg (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1996 (USA) See more »
A divorcee moves her family cross-country to take her paralyzed son to a pioneer neurosurgeon. | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Judith Light ... Anna Lerner

Tom Irwin ... Dr. Decker

Christopher Reeve ... Denny Gabriel

Alfre Woodard ... Dr. Sandlin
Kendall Cunningham ... Georgie Lerner
Tim Redwine ... Ben Lerner

Brad Dourif ... Kirby

Nick Searcy ... Jim

Lee Norris ... Perry
Joey Stinson ... Kevin
Amanda Minikus ... Terry

Van Hughes ... Derek Hastings (as Van Michael Hughs)
Michael Ayers ... Lawrence

Christopher Fennell ... Joel
Rasool J'Han ... Teacher

General Fermon Judd Jr. ... Nurse

Richard K. Olsen ... Arners

Nina Repeta ... Monica
Nelson George ... Senior Citizen

Joe Inscoe ... Lowell Birch
Jeff Hochendoner ... Officer
John C. Liguori ... Exam Doctor (as John C. Liguori M.D.)

Directed by
Deborah Reinisch 
Writing credits
Tom Nursall (written by) &
Harris Goldberg (written by)

Produced by
Craig Anderson .... executive producer
Marty Eli Schwartz .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Ramin 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Vickrey 
Production Design by
C. Robert Holloway 
Art Direction by
Geoffrey S. Grimsman 
Set Decoration by
Tim Pope 
Costume Design by
Patsy Rainey 
Makeup Department
Rudolph Eavy III .... makeup artist (as Rudolph Eavey III)
Mary Hedges Lampert .... hair stylist (as Mary Lampert)
Susan Buffington .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ric Rondell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Waldeck .... second assistant director
Michele 'Shelley' Ziegler .... first assistant director (as Michele Ziegler)
Art Department
Scott A. Lawson .... on-set dresser
Alton McClellan .... charge scenic
Richard Waldrop .... prop master
Alyce Fahsholtz .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
John France .... leadman (uncredited)
Bob Smith .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... re-recording mixer
G. Michael Graham .... sound supervisor
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Harmon)
Douglas L. Hill .... boom (as Doug Hill)
Dennis Sager .... re-recording engineer
Steven R. Smith .... sound mixer (as Steve Smith)
J.R. Westen .... re-recording mixer (as J.R. Weston)
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Gilbert .... stunt double: Tim Redwine & Kendall Cunningham (uncredited)
Gregg Smrz .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Bartsch .... key grip
Kelly Curry .... best boy grip
Guy D'Alema .... still photographer
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Keith Pickett .... best boy (as Marshall Keith Pickett)
Michael E. Satrazemis .... first assistant camera (as Michael Satrazimas)
James Tomaro .... gaffer
Casting Department
Francine Decoursey .... extras casting
Judith Holstra .... casting
Editorial Department
Paul Karasick .... associate editor
Music Department
Lori Slomka .... music editor
Transportation Department
Sonya Tomaro .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Mitzi G. Corrigan .... script supervisor
Chad Graves .... set production assistant
Eleanor Hemingway .... production coordinator
Johanna Klingenberger .... first assistant accountant
John C. Liguori .... medical advisor (as John C. Liguori M.D.)
Caroline Korney .... production accountant (uncredited)

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This was Christopher Reeve's first role after the accident that left him paralysed as well as his final feature film appearance. All of his subsequent roles were on television.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Step Toward Understanding, 1 August 2003

"A Step Toward Tomorrow" is excellent and certainly should be immediately released to DVD and video! I only recently had the chance to view this film and it is a gem among the hum-drum of most made-for-TV films. Judith Light and Christopher Reeve are the talented professionals we have come to expect and appreciate, and Kendall Cunningham and Tim Redwine--the child actors--are incredible talents that dazzle with moving emotion throughout the feature.

I have read a lot of negative reviews for this film; usually centering on the technical aspects of this film that weren't exactly correct. All films have flaws! The gift of this film is that it does an outstanding job--in the roles of Redwine and Cunningham--of showcases the delimma of anyone who is different--bound to a wheelchair, dyslexic, heart condition, etc.--the appreciation of understanding and help we receive from our family and friends, and the desire to do for ourselves and be our own person. The fact that this telefilm has the ability to capture that very difficult piece of life makes it a top picture in my book. This film should be used in the classroom!

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