ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 12, Episode 6

Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (7 Mar. 1984)

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13-year-old boy has problems reading, which his teachers attribute to laziness. It is later discovered that he has Dyslexia.

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Miss Tomas
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Brian Ellsworth
Judy Farrell ...
Barbara Ellsworth
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Robby Ellsworth (as Leaf Phoenix)
Stephanie Evans ...
Kim
Sharon Anderson
Charles Theodore Bates III
Daniel Davies
Bo Kaprall ...
Walter Ellsworth
Peter Moore
Shirley Venard ...
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Jack Walsh
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13-year-old boy has problems reading, which his teachers attribute to laziness. It is later discovered that he has Dyslexia.

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a real gem: one of the first performances of River Phoenix

I saw this TV-movie when I was in New York a few weeks ago. When I was looking for the Museum of Modern Art, I stumbled upon the Museum of TV and Radio. This museum is just south of MoMA on West 52nd Street and it is worth checking out. It is actually more a library than a museum and you can dig here in there huge archive. After you buy your ticket, you can select up to 4 titles on the computer and you will have 2 hours to watch your selection in their viewing rooms. They have stuff like Battlestar Galactica and Dallas but these old TV-movies as well.

Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (length approx. 60 minutes) is a movie out of the ABC After School Specials series. It is the first performance as far as I know of River Phoenix. In the movie he plays together with his younger brother Joaquin (Leaf) Phoenix. The movie is, as you can guess, meant for children and has been made for educational purposes. The story is about a kid (River) who puzzles his teachers, because in a way he seems to be brilliant, but on the other hand he makes this stupid mistakes when he has to read, write and make tests. He tries to hide his learning problems by acting like a clown in classroom and is almost kicked out of school. It takes a while before his teachers and parents understand the reason for his behaviour: he is dyslexic. Not much of a movie, but this early performance of River Phoenix makes it worth seeing. The part he is playing suits him well and bears the seeds of his later performances in Stand by Me and Running on Empty.


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