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Larry (1974)

"Larry" is a true story about a man wrongly confined the California State Mental Hospital at Camarillo for 26 years, who is discovered to have average intelligence and released, and with ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Robert McQueen (book), David Seltzer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frederic Forrest ... Larry Herman
Tyne Daly ... Nancy Hockworth
Michael McGuire ... Dr. McCabe
Robert Walden ... Tom Corman
Katherine Helmond ... Maureen Whitten
Elizabeth Gill Elizabeth Gill ... Mona
Tim Ryan ... Workman
Barbara Sloane Barbara Sloane ... Waitress
David Garfield David Garfield ... Customer
Ted Swanson Ted Swanson ... Clothing Salesman
Jon Cedar ... Cop
Katey Sagal ... Cashier
Dana Brady Dana Brady ... Young Prostitute
Ray Fry Ray Fry
Chris Hubbard Chris Hubbard
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"Larry" is a true story about a man wrongly confined the California State Mental Hospital at Camarillo for 26 years, who is discovered to have average intelligence and released, and with the help of a kind social worker's guidance, has to learn to cope with the real world. Written by Keath <Keath@webtv.net>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Larry - Bericht eines Irrtums See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A sad film with a happy ending...at least for Larry!
31 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The fact that "Larry" is supposed to be based on the life of a real person makes this story tragic. Larry has lived his whole life in a wretched and substandard facility for the developmentally disabled. When the awfulness of the place is discovered, it's closed and Larry is transferred to a state hospital...where his social worker (Tyne Daly) comes to realize he might not, in fact, be mentally challenged. He sure acts like he is...but she comes to realize that growing up among these sorts of folks, he naturally learned to fit in with them. But first she has to convince the doctor in charge that Larry is different and in need of special therapy. Much of the film shows her and Larry working together to bring him up to normal functioning level.

The film is extraordinary and very well made. Frederic Forrest in the title role is excellent and the film is quite bittersweet...sad because of all the lost time yet filled with hope for the future. It's also handled very sensitively, though times have changed and many of the terms used today are no longer acceptable to many, such as 'mental retardation'. Bear with it...that IS how they talked back in the day. Well worth seeing.


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