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A Shining Season (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 25 December 1979
Chronicles the Career of University of New Mexico Track Star John Baker, who later became an Elementary school teacher and Track Coach. His career was tragically cut short from Cancer ... See full summary »

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John Baker
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Polly Baker
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Mary Anne
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John Haaland
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Jack Baker
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Dr. Ed Johnson
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Veta Mercer
Arthur Rosenberg ...
Emmett Duncan
Steve Shaw ...
Ron Bellamy
Tamar Howard ...
Stephanie Keel
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Chuck Lander
Gene D. Jackson ...
Adolph Plummer
Gary Kanin ...
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Jill Baker (as Bobbie Block)
James Edgcomb ...
Mr. Keel
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Chronicles the Career of University of New Mexico Track Star John Baker, who later became an Elementary school teacher and Track Coach. His career was tragically cut short from Cancer passing away in his 20's! The Elementary school he taught at (Aspen Elementary). Was later named after him!

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25 December 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Connections

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Touching - Timothy Bottoms is outstanding
24 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is how you take a sappy "tv movie of the week" story and make it truly heartbreaking, touching, and funny. Totally unorthodox and extremely well-made true story about John Baker the runner/little girls' track coach who is dying of cancer but refuses to let the pain beat him down until the very end. Why the underrated Bottoms got no award for this outstanding performance is beyond me. I was exhausted just watching him. The kids are great. No sentiment here, man. If a tv movie about a disease can be hip, this is the one.


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