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Sunshine (1973)

A young woman living in the woods with her husband, a struggling musician, and her daughter discover she has terminal cancer. She begins to tape-record a journal of the time she has left.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Carol Sobieski, Jacquelyn Helton (suggested by the journal of) (as Jacquelyn M. Helton)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cristina Raines ... Kate Hayden
Cliff De Young ... Sam Hayden
Meg Foster ... Nora
Brenda Vaccaro ... Carol Gillman
Bill Mumy ... Weaver
Alan Fudge ... David
Corey Fischer ... Givitz
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Jill Hayden (as Lindsay Green Bush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Jill Hayden (as Sydney Green Bush)
James Hong ... Dr. Wilde
Sarah Valentini Sarah Valentini ... Jill At 6 Months
Bill Stout Bill Stout ... Interviewer
Noble Willingham ... Bartender
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ... Nurse
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Storyline

A young woman living in the woods with her husband, a struggling musician, and her daughter discover she has terminal cancer. She begins to tape-record a journal of the time she has left. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The tender story of a girl's determination to fill her life with sunshine... for as long as she lives. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This 1973 film featured seven songs written (or co-written) by John Denver, including the song, "Sunshine on my Shoulders" for which the film is named. In 1974, Denver later released "Back Home Again", and he tips his hat to this film with a reference in the third verse: "And your mother called last Friday, Sunshine made her cry". This film originally aired on the CBS network as an episode of the 'CBS Friday Night Movie' on November 9, 1973. When first aired, Sunshine was the most watched made-for-TV film in history. See more »

Connections

Followed by Sunshine (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

My Sweet Lady
Words and Music: John Denver
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From the heart, of the heart, in the heart !
22 June 2000 | by noccosSee all my reviews

I saw this movie as a young "hippie" woman and just loved it. It captured the times of 1973 perfectly. The subject matter, young love, family, illness, free spirits were right on. The photography was beautiful as well as the John Denver music, which was at the height of his popularity. I felt the lead character to be very brave. I now have a stepdaughter the same age I was when I first saw this movie and I only wish she could view it too. Who says great movies are not written for television?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunshine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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