Jonathan Quick, the bane of his practical parents' existence, takes an ancient tree troll's advice to pack up his treasured comic-book collection and follow his heart. And so, fifty years later..



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In 1930s, young boy, Jonathan Quick, decides not to fulfill his practical parents' dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, he takes the advice of a strange mystical little troll, who claims that if he buys a nice new car and keeps his treasured childhood possessions with him, he will be free of work, rat race and family. Decades pass and by 1955 Jonathan's life has only gotten worse. He chooses to stay a dreamer no matter what and by the 1980s, he's become a broken shell of an old man contemplating suicide. However, that's when he finally gets a brake. Is it too little, too late or a dream come true?

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2 February 1986 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in 1932, 1938, 1955 and 1986. See more »


The gas station attendant doesn't put out his cigarette when he goes near the gas pump. See more »

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23 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an okay episode of "Amazing Stories"--more of interest for who's in it than the subject matter itself.

Mark Hamill stars as Jonathan, a real dreamer. When he is little, a tree troll (David Rappaport) comes to him and encourages him NOT to listen to his parents about going to medical school but to be lazy and collect trinkets. The boy does so and eventually grows into someone his parents cannot stand and his life sucks. Eventually, however, there is a happy ending--though you also wonder if he'd really have been much happier if he hadn't listened to the little twerp.

The episode is unusual but its moral vague and confusing. But seeing Hamill, Royal Dano and a young Forest Whitaker make it of some interest.

By the way, only a few years after this show, Rappaport committed suicide. A sad end for this ubiquitous actor from the 80s.

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