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It's Good to Be Alive (1974)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | TV Movie 22 February 1974
The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, whose career was cut short when he lost the use of his legs in an auto accident in January of 1958.

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

Steve Gethers (teleplay) (as Steven Gethers), Roy Campanella (book)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Winfield ... Roy Campanella
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Sam Brockington (as Lou Gossett)
Ruby Dee ... Ruth Campanella
Ramon Bieri ... Walter O'Malley
Joe De Santis ... Roy Campanella's Father (as Joe DeSantis)
Ty Henderson Ty Henderson ... David Campanella
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Roy Campanella's Mother
Julian Burton ... Dr. Rusk
Lloyd Gough ... Surgeon
Eric Woods Eric Woods ... Roy Campanella as a Boy
Len Lesser ... Man at Accident
Gene Borkan Gene Borkan
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Stymie Beard)
Paul Savior Paul Savior ... Attendant
Stanley Bennett Clay ... Boy (as Stanley Clay)
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The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, whose career was cut short when he lost the use of his legs in an auto accident in January of 1958. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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When Roy leaves the hospital for the first time in three months and Sam is driving him home they're riding in a 1959 Cadillac but the month and year were April of 1958. See more »

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#39
16 April 2017 | by donaldriccoSee all my reviews

The touching, and at times tragic, story of Roy Campanella. I thought Paul Winfield was terrific as Campy, and Lou Gossett and Ruby Dee were good too! (hey, didn't Ruby play Jackie Robinson's wife too? Lucky Dodgers...) I really liked the use of actual player footage of Roy in flashbacks, seeing ol' #39 swinging the pine! And I thought seeing Roy himself at the beginning and ending was a nice touch! But my favorite scene of all was the fly scene! The terror, panic, and realization of helplessness really came out in that few minutes! Really well done!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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