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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.

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

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Sam Brockington (as Lou Gossett)
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Ruth Campanella
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Walter O'Malley
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Roy Campanella's Father (as Joe DeSantis)
Ty Henderson ...
David Campanella
Ketty Lester ...
Roy Campanella's Mother
Julian Burton ...
Dr. Rusk
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Surgeon
Eric Woods ...
Roy Campanella as a Boy
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Man at Accident
Gene Borkan
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Stymie (as Stymie Beard)
Paul Savior ...
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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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22 February 1974 (USA)  »

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The Fight  »

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1.33 : 1
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Several patients at the rehab center have clothes and hairstyles from the early 1970s. See more »

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#39
16 April 2017 | by See 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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