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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 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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A Very "Special" Movie indeed...
25 January 2013 | by Albert OwenSee all my reviews

This had to be one of the best made-for-TV movies I had ever seen before in my life.

"Special Olympics" is a very moving, touching, full of emotion movie that would make even the hardest, toughest, meanest person shed a tear. I know I shed close to a hundred while watching this. George Parry's acting as Matt was second to none. Although some big name performers like Debra Winger, Mare Winningham, and Charles Durning acted in this, the presence of Parry makes this film light-hearted and very enjoyable to watch.

I had this movie on VHS but had lost it during my divorce in 2007. I do highly recommend it. The story is very heart-wrenching, powerful, and definitely a very "Special" movie indeed. I remember when it came out on CBS back in 1978 it was called "A Special Kind of Love". This is also one I recommend parents show to their children in order to show acceptance to those who are not like us; it is better than some of the other shows/series on today's TV.

Give "Special Olympics" a look; you won't be disappointed.


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