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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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26 January 2014 | by beanncheese7See all my reviews

This is a beautiful, loving, fun, simple movie that makes you feel good about being human. No agenda other than to share tender moments about life and reflect on intrinsic values. I was twelve years old when I saw this movie and it's indelible impression on my soul is forever appreciated. For me, one of the key plot lines was the old brother's coming of age during that last but most important year of High School. The difficult choices having to be made associated with peer pressure, ego, girls, etc. and all the while hoping he realizes that it's Mare Winningham's character he really desires and not Debra Winger's. Did I say this was a simple movie? This is one of those movies that will inspire you to believe in people and understand we're only human.


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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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