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Act of Love (1980)

Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leon Cybulkowski
... Andrew Rose
... Joseph Cybulkowski
... Victor Burton
Jacqueline Brookes ... Eugenia Cybulkowski
Sondra West ... Margaret Cybulkowski
... Joan Gruber
... Becky Wiggins
... Dr. Warren Fitzpatrick
... Judge Traviera
Kent Williams ... Dr. Mitchell
... Nurse Watkins
Michael Flanagan ... Dr. Gerald Oliver
Laurence Haddon ... Doctor
Brian Farrell ... Mr. Carney
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Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to stand trial for first-degree murder after the mercy killing. Michael De Guzman's teleplay was inspired by Paige.

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The home where the accident happened in Act of Love, was on the Pine Lake Plateau above Lake Sammamish in Issaquah Washington. The home was built in the 1800's and in 1915 my father was born there. The house is now on the Washington State Historic register. I met Ron Howard when I went to watch part of the filming and showed him where my grandmother marked the heights of my dad and his brother as they grew. So...there is history in this film, just never talked about. See more »

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Fairly good drama about a divisive topic
31 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

A grieving young man kills his brother with a shotgun on the request of his suffering sibling who has been paralyzed after a motorcycle accident and wants to be put out of his misery. He readily admits to his actions and stands trial, hoping that people will understand.

Act of Love is a TV movie which features early roles from Ron Howard and Mickey Rourke, the latter of whom plays the paralysed brother and so only has fairly limited screen-time. The main role is played by Howard, not surprising really given that at that time he was a pretty big TV star off the back of 'Happy Days' in particular. He's pretty good value in this one, although the screenplay doesn't really delve into the topic of assisted suicide in as much depth as it could. For example, we are given a very limited perspective from the point of view of the grieving mother, sister and wife. It's very much a story told from the angle of Howard and his conflicted defence lawyer. In fairness, it does look at both sides of the argument reasonably fairly and it does bring up some worthwhile points even if it's pretty predictable and limited in a lot of ways. Still, it is a fairly solid TV movie about the controversial topic of euthanasia and it does also have the added weight of having been seemingly based on a true story.


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