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The Patricia Neal Story (1981)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 8 December 1981
A look at the profound challenges faced by actress Patricia Neal and her husband, writer Roald Dahl, after Neal suffered a severe stroke.


Robert Anderson (teleplay), Barry Farrell (book)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Patricia Neal
Dirk Bogarde ... Roald Dahl
Ken Kercheval ... Dr. Charles Canton
Jane Merrow ... Val Eaton
John Reilly ... Barry Farrell
Mildred Dunnock ... Herself
Sydney Penny ... Tessa Dahl
Robby Kiger Robby Kiger ... Theo Dahl (as Robbie Kiger)
Priscilla Morrill ... Sarah
James Hayden James Hayden ... Martin Sheen
Angela Cheyne Angela Cheyne ... Angela
Edward Bell Edward Bell ... Dick Shepherd
Constance Chapman ... Mrs. Bateman
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Nurse Jean
Christopher Murray ... Rod


A look at the profound challenges faced by actress Patricia Neal and her husband, writer Roald Dahl, after Neal suffered a severe stroke. Written by Volker Boehm and Determined Copy Editor

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A Triumph of the Human Spirit! Patricia Neal was a great star - until a tragic illness struck her down. The doctors said she may never walk, talk or love again. It took all her husband's love to work a miracle! See more »


Biography | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

8 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Dirk Bogarde was an 11th hour casting choice replacing an actor who dropped out See more »

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Slow recovery
8 September 2006 | by alxnrthSee all my reviews

Twenty-two years after seeing this film, I suffered a stroke subsequent to brain surgery. after 3 1/2 years, even though my mobility is much improved, I still have paralysis in left hand and arm. Unfortunately Blue Cross Blue Shield only paid for rehabilitation for several months or I might have progressed more than I have. I am still hopeful for the 100% recovery which doctors told me I could "probably" expect back in 2003.

I have nothing but admiration for Patricia Neal & her fight for recovery. The progress I have made is the result of work and the support of loved ones and friends. Paralysis is baffling. Sometimes I feel like I'm grasping with my hand, I suppose in a phenomenon similar to an amputee who still feels the missing limb. Dale Hix

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