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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.


Joseph Sargent


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


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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


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

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Something for everyone with the music of John Denver. See more »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

9 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

På lånt tid See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 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 released "Back Home Again", and he tips his hat to the film with a reference in the third verse: "And your mother called last Friday, Sunshine made her cry" See more »


Followed by Sunshine (1975) See more »


Goodbye Again
Words and Music: John Denver
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Please tell me I can get this wonderful movie on DVD
21 October 2005 | by hez-10See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a teenager and I absolutely loved it. I remember that I cried like a baby. Like so many others, I only saw it once, and I have since scoured everywhere looking for a personal copy to keep. I have just watched Love Story with my daughter, and I was telling her how good "Sunshine" was, compared to Love story. We both want to see it now, me because I loved it so much originally, and her because I've told her about how great it is, and how sad it is, and how its the type of movie that never leaves you, once you've seen it, it just touches you. I recall seeing it with a boyfriend in Perth, and we both walked out of the cinema crying our eyes out. He was a very blokey (macho)man, very tough, and I think its the only time I ever saw him cry, not only over a movie, but over anything. I just want to see it again. If anyone knows where I can get a copy, please put a message here. I will be eternally grateful. If anyone reading this has the power to get it on to DVD.... please do so. I imagine there are a lot of us out there who are waiting to see this fabulous movie again.

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