Positive, inspiring, lovely country scenes, a death and Kristy!
Very good, seemed to do a lot with a little, what I remember! I only saw this once and that was some 25 years ago. This film features Kristy McNichol whom I along with millions of people my age fell in love with. Obviously they didn't have a lot of budget. Virtually all shot outdoors in the country by the look of it. Cast is nearly all kids. Had a lot in common with ABC after school specials but this dug deeper than those. Without specifically knowing why it looked to me like it may have been shot in Canada. Pity there aren't more details anywhere I know of. Pity I don't know how to submit a summary.
Plot as I recall it: Kristie and a paraplegic boy who meet in this lovely bucolic setting. find an abandoned fawn and try to take care of it. They are sort of opposed by the local bunch of bully morons however the paraplegic boy manages to charm them and the fawn and the 2 new friends are getting along great. It's all too good to last...
The scene that is burned into my brain is when the local ranger tranquilizes the fawn to take it away. Kristy and her buddy don't want him to. The ranger gives them a spiel about how it will be better for the deer. Kristy and her paraplegic friend watch uneasily. When the dart hits the fawn it falls over... dead, as the ranger confirms! Kristy throws herself at the ranger hitting him in that random enraged way that young girls often do when fawns are shot! Her tears and anger are perfect. At the time I watched I could have killed that ranger with my bare hands for doing that to "my Kristy"! Oh yeah I felt bad for the fawn (that's sarcasm, scene was very moving but Kristy's outrage really sold it). I believe the rest of it consists of her and the paraplegic boy getting a campaign together that persuades the authorities to treat abandoned fawns more humanely. Of course at the end they prevail and the adults are properly chagrined.
Much worse films have been made with far less excuse!
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