Eight year old Billy Reilly is trying to find someone important to write about for an essay contest on a great person. The contest is sponsored by a sports shop, with a baseball glove as the winning prize. In a discussion while Billy is trying to think about who to write, the local librarian makes Billy expand his search from the types of people who are generally written about in books, to people that Billy may encounter every day that do important things. Regardless, Billy still has troubles finding a subject. It isn't until an incident that happens to him during a pickup baseball game in a back lot and a seemingly unrelated discussion with his policeman father at home later that day that makes Billy choose his subject, and view that person in a different light than he has done before. Those incidents in combination also make Billy change his focus from trying to win a baseball glove to highlighting what he sees and what he hopes others will see through his essay as the greatness of ... Written by
Charming entry in the Passing Parade series has a young boy (Dean Stockwell) going to the library to do some research on an important person. The story is meant for a contest he's trying to win and after doing something wrong the boy realizes that the most important person he knows is his father. A REALLY IMPORTANT PERSON isn't a masterpiece and it's not even one of the better films in the John Nesbitt series but there's no question that it has its heart in the right place and it manages to be entertaining as long as you don't take it too serious. The main goal of this film was to send home a message to kids that you just need to look in your own neighborhood to find heroes. The message certainly comes across quite well and without too much preaching. Stockwell, a very good child actor, does a fine job here, although he's really not given too much to "act" since a lot of the film is narration. With that said, fans of the series or the actor should enjoy this film as it's a good time killer.
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