Amazing Stories: Season 1, Episode 18

Dorothy and Ben (2 Mar. 1986)

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It is shocking enough when old Ben Dumfy emerges like Rip Van Winkle from a 40-year coma, but his special mental communication with Dorothy, a comatose 7-year-old, leads to an even greater ... See full summary »

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Ben Dumfy
Lane Smith ...
Dr. Caruso
Louis Giambalvo ...
Dr. Templeton
Kathleen Lloyd ...
Samantha
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Merle
Natalie Gregory ...
Dorothy
Rick Andosca ...
Haller
Alice Sachs ...
Dr. Fredericks (as Alice H. Sachs)
Judi M. Durand ...
Dr. #1 (as Judith Durand)
Lynn Kuratomi ...
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It is shocking enough when old Ben Dumfy emerges like Rip Van Winkle from a 40-year coma, but his special mental communication with Dorothy, a comatose 7-year-old, leads to an even greater miracle. Written by Anonymous

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Ben asks what day it is; when told it's Sunday, he complains that he's missed "Fibber McGee and Molly" and wants to know if Fibber "got the hearse back." The doctor states that Ben has been unconscious for forty years. On March 5, 1946 an episode of "Fibber McGee" was broadcast in which Fibber's car was stolen. However, in 1946 March 5th fell on a Tuesday, so from Ben's point of view he's been unconscious for five days (believing it to be March 10th.) If the episode took place roughly when broadcast (March 2, 1986, which was a Sunday), then Ben has been comatose for 39 years and 362 days. See more »

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An absolutely beautiful, moving and heartwarming episode of a great series
29 May 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When I was growing up, "Amazing Stories" was one of my favorite shows that I enjoyed watching on television when it was on. Re-watching it in syndication, it has lost none of its charm or beauty and this episode is remarkable proof of that

Ben Dumfy has been in a coma for around 40 years when he suddenly wakes up, seemingly none the worse for wear other than the fact that he has aged considerably. He has to adjust to the modern times that he now lives in but, more importantly, he finds himself drawn to a young girl in a coma like he once was. Can he help her?

The plot and script are intriguing and unfold flawlessly, as is typically the case with Spielberg productions and the acting is perfect, with all actors performing their roles magnificently and believably. It is a very powerful, moving and beautiful masterpiece of an episode, as you would expect from Spielberg.

They don't make shows like this anymore. And we are the worse off for it


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