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Door to Door (2002)

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A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman.

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Shelly Soomky Brady
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Gladys Sullivan
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Alan
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Bill Porter, a man afflicted with cerebral palsy, is desperate to find a job despite his condition. He uses his sense of humor, determination and winning spirit to convince a manager to hire him as a door-to-door salesman for Watkins, a supplier of household items and baking products. Porter walks several miles every day on his sales route, eventually working his way into the hearts of his customers. This film is based on a true story. Written by Jwelch5742

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Bill Porter, the real-life pitchman who spent his working life selling door-to-door despite having severe cerebral palsy, and who served as the inspiration for this film portrait, died in Gresham, Oregon on December 9, 2013 at age 81. See more »

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When Shelly is stepping into the shower you can see her brown bathing suit bottoms. See more »

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Gladys Sullivan: Oh, I'm sorry, I put a little vodka in there. Is it too much for you?
Bill Porter: [handing back the orange juice] I probably shouldn't. I walk like a drunken sailor as it is.
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Version of Door to Door (2009) See more »

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You Are So Beautiful
Written by Dennis Wilson, Bruce Fisher and Billy Preston
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Uplifting story of a man who wouldn't let his disability hold him back.
14 July 2002 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Bill Porter was born with cerebral palsy. As he tells a friend, "The doctor squeezed my head too tight when I was born." Bill had a good sense of humor, we believe he was just making a joke. His dad had been an award-winning salesman, and Bill wanted to follow in his footsteps, but was letting his disability hold him back. Until he told the head of sales, "Give me your worst route, the one no one wants. If I succeed, you're a hero. If I fail, you've lost nothing." Bill finds it very rough going at first, but eventually succeeds by getting to know all his customers and gaining their trust.

Bill Macy is just fabulous as Bill Porter. In this film they let his ears protrude naturally, instead of pinning them back as they have done for all his other films. The story spans 42 years, from 1955 when he gets his first job, to 1997 when he gets his route back after they have closed the door-to-door division, instead selling by phone and the internet. He realized he missed the human element too much.


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