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The Loneliest Runner (1976)

A fourteen year old bed wetter runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him. He races to get there before any of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writer:

Michael Landon
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Kerwin ... John Curtis as a Youth
Brian Keith ... Arnold Curtis
DeAnn Mears DeAnn Mears ... Alice Curtis
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Nancy Rizzi
Rafer Johnson ... Himself
Michael Landon ... John Curtis as an Adult
Walker Edmiston ... Dr. Claymor
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... George Sanders (as Cliff Pellow)
Bing Russell ... Fred Dawkins (as Neil Russell)
Randy Faustino Randy Faustino ... Tony
Dermott Downs ... Donnie
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Mr. Rizzi
Barbara Collentine Barbara Collentine ... Miss King
Herb Vigran ... Guard
Hank Stohl Hank Stohl ... Assistant Director
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A fourteen year old bed wetter runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him. He races to get there before any of his friends pass the house. This enforced training prepares him to become a competitive runner. The script, by Michael Landon, is autobiographical Written by Frank Wallace <fwallace@nct.org>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A magányos futó See more »

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Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In real life Michael Landon was a heavy smoker and drinker. See more »

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Movie about how a winning marathon runner began his career.
14 June 1999 | by Rachael-5See all my reviews

Very sweet film about the humiliating beginnings of a marathon runner (adult played by Michael Landon). Young Michael, played by Lance, was a bedwetter. As he grew, his mother, a dominating woman, would humiliate him by hanging his sheets out the window to dry, so Lance would run home as fast as he could to pull them in before any of his school chums saw it. Movie expresses the hidden humiliation behind teenagers who are bedwetters, and makes an important statement on the longlasting affects of handling this problem in an unhealthy way.


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