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Bill Sackter, a intellectually disabled man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He is taken in by a kind ... See full summary »

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Anthony Page

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Barry Morrow (story), Corey Blechman (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Bill Sackter
Dennis Quaid ... Barry Morrow
Largo Woodruff ... Beverly Morrow
Anna Maria Horsford ... Ms. Marge Keating
Harry Goz Harry Goz ... Dr. Tom Walz
Kathleen Maguire ... Mrs. Florence Archer
William J. Daprato William J. Daprato ... Ray
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Harry (as Ray Serra)
Jenny Rebecca Dweir Jenny Rebecca Dweir ... Amy Hill (as Jenny Dweir)
Breon Gorman Breon Gorman ... Children's Teacher
George Hamlin George Hamlin ... Mr. Robert Morrow
Katharine Balfour Katharine Balfour ... Mrs. Morrow (as Katherine Balfour)
Cordis Heard ... Arlene
Harriet Rogers Harriet Rogers ... Mae
Lotte Palfi Andor Lotte Palfi Andor ... Ida Miller (as Lotta Palfi-Andor)
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Bill Sackter, a intellectually disabled man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He is taken in by a kind family and learns for the first time in his life what it means to love. Written by <Hunk@prodigy.net>

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A heartwarming true story.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Dennis Quaid and Largo Woodruff's characters Barry and Bev are toasting their pregnancy with champagne, Barry pours clear, golden-colored champagne into two tall water glasses. But when they drink, the champagne is now magically white milk. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Marge Keating: Films end, Mr Morrow, and so do friendships.
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »

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Poor Fool
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A special story and great acting scores this high.
25 January 2003 | by var-1See all my reviews

Actually I think I should apologize to Micky Rooney for personally thinking of him as I first encountered him. Andy Hardy. Even with his rolls in Boy's Town, National Velvet and The Human Comedy, I could never take him as a serious actor. Watching his performance as "Bill" was one of the truly outstanding portrayals I ever saw. I now saw Mickey as a consummate artists of his trade. I'm sorry it took me fifty years to really see it. The story of Bill and the Bills' like him is happening all over the world. Just this year, the county I live in closed the County Home. There were two people who were just the type that "Bill" was. Thinking of this story makes be wonder what will become of them. I would like to see the movie replayed again to help folks to be more aware that our communities have this problem. Mickey Rooney played this with such warmth, skill and awareness that I say THANK YOU for your eye opening characterization of Bill.


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