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Uncle Ben (1978)

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Nancy is about to receive her college degree and she has a special request for Dr. McFarland about the commencement proceedings, where parents are always given special honor. She starts to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Keith M. Ungar ...
Uncle Ben
Sharon W. Allred ...
Laura
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Young Nancy
James Jarnigan ...
Young Jim (as James Jarnagin)
Jeanette Mortensen ...
Nancy
Hal Boynton ...
Jim
Ed Hunsaker ...
Tommy
John M. Elzey ...
Kenneth McFarland
Francis L. Urry ...
Judge
Craig Costello ...
Sheriff (as R. Craig Costello)
Oscar Rowland ...
Howard (as Oscar G. Rowland)
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Nancy is about to receive her college degree and she has a special request for Dr. McFarland about the commencement proceedings, where parents are always given special honor. She starts to reminisce about what has led to her successful graduation, and that of her two brothers Jim and Tommy before her, despite having lost both parents long ago. After being widowed when Nancy is only two years old, her mother Laura works hard night and day to support her young family. Their only relative is Laura's brother, and Uncle Ben is a favorite of the children with his story-telling ability and easy charm. However, his own life is dominated by alcoholism, and he finds it difficult to hold a job and be a responsible member of the community. When Laura suddenly passes away, the children beg Uncle Ben to take care of them. He wishes to do so, and fights to gain custody of his young niece and nephews, but his addiction is standing in the way of his fulfilling the role of a parent. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Even the worst of problems can be overcome with help from a higher power.
27 July 2003 | by (Simi Valley, California) – See all my reviews

The presentation is done in a very touching way. It does not at all minimize the sacrifice needed to overcome an addiction. But it does give hope that rewards can come from refocusing your life, and submitting to a power higher than yourself.


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