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Special Olympics (1978)

A single father with three teenaged children struggles to keep his family together. One of them is intellectually disabled. The father enrolls him in a special state-run school, where the boy develops a love for sports.

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Lee Philips
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Cast

Credited cast:
Irene Tedrow ... Elmira Gallitzin
Mare Winningham ... Janice Gallitzin
Philip Brown ... Michael Gallitzin
George Parry George Parry ... Matthew 'Matt' Gallitzin
Herb Edelman ... Doug Ransom
Debra Winger ... Sherrie Hensley
Constance McCashin ... Trina Cunningham
James Calvin Nelson James Calvin Nelson ... Dr. Brennaman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Bliven Bruce Bliven ... Bruce
Rachel Chavez Rachel Chavez ... Rachel
Kevin Condit Kevin Condit ... Kevin
Lisa Ann Cordova Lisa Ann Cordova ... Lisa
Charles Dowdy III ... Tanana (as Charles Dowdy)
Charles Durning ... Carl Gallitzin
Kelly B. Goon Kelly B. Goon ... Kelly
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A single father with three teenaged children struggles to keep his family together. One of them is intellectually disabled. The father enrolls him in a special state-run school, where the boy develops a love for sports.

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Special Kind of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Watch out Coppola, the Special Olympics are on its way.
5 June 2001 | by llewodcmnebSee all my reviews

There is only one way to describe this movie, and that is magic and purple. Not the kind of magic, where people wearing suits pull out rabbits out of their hats, or wait in line to purchase sixteen items in a fifteen-item-only express lane at a local grocery store, no sir. Nor the kind of purple that reminds you of the fruits: both grape and raisins at the same time. That requires skill. Yes skill, a noun that can never be used to describe this made for TV movie. But anyway, with the magic, this movie will make you want to buy tickets to the next local Special Olympics event and a gallon of 2% reduced fat milk for your neighborhood cats. It is that powerful, I kid you not!!! Yes I am telling you the truth so much, that it is necessary to use those three exclamation points. The only thing that this film lacks is descent acting, a music score, a plot, a barber shop quartet singing "Old Man River", a gerbil playing a banjo, and a reference to the Civil War. In conclusion this films reminds you, "That is not polite to stare." :)


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