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Profoundly Normal (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  9 February 2003 (USA)
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Kirstie Alley and Delroy Lindo star in this inspiring DRAMA based on the true story of two mentally challenged childhood friends who, despite their limitations, find love and family life in... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Lee Shelby Thornton
Ricardo Thornton
Charlotte Johnson
Kevin Duhaney ...
Catherine Fitch ...
Anna Mary Wilson ...
Donna as Teen
Brittany Bristow ...
Margaret as Teen
Terence Mathews ...
Ricardo as Teen (as Terrence Matthews)
Donna as Kid
Gary Wilson ...
Ricardo as Kid
Anastasia Hill ...
Dr. Maswell
Victoria Adilman ...
Dr. Aoki
Neville Edwards ...
Garmin Watkins


Kirstie Alley and Delroy Lindo star in this inspiring DRAMA based on the true story of two mentally challenged childhood friends who, despite their limitations, find love and family life in the "normal" world. After their Forest Haven institution is closed, Donna and Ricardo are sent to separate facilities. But their dreams of marriage and family fuel their determination to find each other again. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing they considered special...was their love.







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9 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le droit à la différence  »

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Why Did It Take So Long To Televise The Thornton's Story?
10 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

It was years ago that I saw Donna and Ricardo Thornton on Sixty Minutes and heard their story. Upon seeing the premiere of this movie, I realized who Kirstie Alley was portraying, and Alley did it superbly.

In the movie, Ricky Thornton, their son, says his father should have never been institutionalized, and in all liklihood, Donna shouldn't have been either. As portrayed by Alley, it was clear Donna was a capable and determined woman who was not mentally challenged or retarded. We should all be as able to accomplish what Donna Thornton did. When I saw the Thornton's story on Sixty Minutes, it was a story that was made to be told, I just can't figure out why it has taken so long to do so.

Emmy worthy? Only if the Emmy award means anything. Alley should be nominated, but if five other actresses are chosen instead, it will hardly mean any of them diminish this performance or this film. Kirstie Alley spared no punches in depicting a true woman of character.

Told in the form of the news interview, Alley and Delroy Lindo were beyond convincing, looking as tho nothing was scripted.

Thankfully, the film followed Donna Thornton's example and didn't focus on the travesty of the institution, instead portraying the love story, a fascinating uphill saga.

Disease-of-the-Week telemovies can get tedious and annoying. This cannot be said of the Thorntons. They are truly a blessing to have heard about. Absolutely magnificent.

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