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Door to Door (2002)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 14 July 2002
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A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman.

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Steven Schachter
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Bill Porter
Kyra Sedgwick ... Shelly Soomky Brady
Kathy Baker ... Gladys Sullivan
Joel Brooks ... Alan
Woody Jeffreys ... Brad
Nancy Lenehan
Romy Rosemont ... Rhoda
Eric Keenleyside ... Neighbor Bob
Daryl Shuttleworth Daryl Shuttleworth ... Larry
Helen Mirren ... Mrs. Porter
Bill Dow ... Chuck
Michael Shanks ... John
Michael P. Northey ... Go Away Guy
Laurie Murdoch ... Older Joey / Reporter
G. Patrick Currie G. Patrick Currie ... 1st Bellman
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Bill Porter, a man afflicted with cerebral palsy, is desperate to find a job despite his condition. He uses his sense of humor, determination, and winning spirit to convince a manager to hire him as a door-to-door salesman for Watkins, a supplier of household items and baking products. Porter walks several miles every day on his sales route, eventually working his way into the hearts of his customers. Written by Jwelch5742

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In 1955, Bill Porter's parents were founding members of what became the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon & SW Washington. See more »

Goofs

When Shelly is stepping into the shower you can see her brown bathing suit bottoms. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Porter: I'm a burden on you.
Bill Porter: Well, now we're even.
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Inspired by the true life story of Bill Porter See more »

Connections

Version of Door to Door (2009) See more »

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Anyone Who Had A Heart
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Dionne Warwick
Courtesy of Warner Special Products
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The story of Bill Porter.
2 January 2003 | by Cipher-JSee all my reviews

The problem with attempting to review this type of story is that we are not given much room for an opinion. How do we critique the representation of a character who started out with a debilitating disorder, and did everything he could to overcome his limitations? In a film such as "I Am Sam" we can draw attention to the flaws in its premise, but the premise of this story is entirely believable. So all one can do is give it praise or question whether there is a message that follows logically from that basis. We are presented with the life of Bill Porter, whose accident of birth left him with cerebral palsy at a time in history when such persons were typically institutionalized. But Bill had a mother who believed in him until he believed in himself. As a result, and against all odds, he became a door-to-door salesman for products now more conventionally available at the grocery store.

In these days of 800 numbers, the Internet and megaplex shopping centers, it is hard to imagine a day when the door to door salesman met the needs of the neighborhood personally. To a certain extent, this story is as much about that phenomenon as the life of Bill Porter. We see him finding a place in the lives of his customers, fulfilling a role not unlike that of a minister or psychologist, a person who quietly and tactfully linked people together, listened to their concerns, and helped to heal their wounds. At the same time, we see Bill as an all too real human being, himself, disabled not only physically, but emotionally. The deep sense of pride that drives him on also blocks him from experiencing a relationship of his own. It is a very moving and personal story, respectful and ennobling. It needs no other message.


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14 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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