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A Shining Season (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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Stuart Margolin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... John Baker
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Polly Baker
Constance Forslund ... Mary Anne
Ed Begley Jr. ... John Haaland
Rip Torn ... Jack Baker
Mason Adams ... Dr. Ed Johnson
Ellen Geer ... Veta Mercer
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Emmett Duncan
Steve Shaw Steve Shaw ... Ron Bellamy
Tamar Howard ... Stephanie Keel
Michael Sharrett ... Chuck Lander
Gene D. Jackson Gene D. Jackson ... Adolph Plummer
Gary Kanin Gary Kanin ... The Announcer
Samantha Paris ... Jill Baker (as Bobbie Block)
James Edgcomb 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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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Remake of John Baker's Last Race (1976) See more »

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Challenging, inspiring, humane - nice try Tim!
28 February 2005 | by FilmartDDSee all my reviews

It is Tim Bottoms all the way, from over-active athletics to fear-numbed sickness. Director Margolin gave his young star a clear open go, and he certainly went places. The other roles are mainly TV-actor style. Ellen Geer gives expert body language as the Principal. I'd have liked to see more of the young girl-friend, who does have winsome charm, yet pops out of the story for a long time without enough explanation. May this originally have been written as a miniseries? The Albuquerque backdrops and clean air give a shining character to the look of the film: finally I figured why the team are the "Dukes". Full marks to the writers for relying on plain humanity and avoiding hokum.


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