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Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984)

A recently blinded man becomes one of the first American users of a seeing eye dog and must fight to remove the legal barriers impeding its use.


Delbert Mann


Henry Denker (teleplay by), Jimmy Hawkins (story by) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Morris Frank
Eva Marie Saint ... Mrs. Eustes
Arthur Hill ... Mr. Frank
Glynnis O'Connor ... Lois
Susan Dey ... Beth
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Jack
George Wallace ... Blind Institute Director (as George D. Wallace)
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Hank
Stephen Young ... Mike McShane
Ralph Bellamy ... Sen. Christi
Ernest Borgnine ... Sen. Brighton
Patricia Neal ... Mrs. Frank
Pilot Pilot ... Buddy
Richard Roat ... Proprietor
Richard Speight Jr. ... Jimmy


When an insurance salesman is blinded in a boxing accident, his world is turned upside down as he has trouble functioning in his sightless world. All seem hopeless until he learns of an innovative European project that trains dogs as guides for the blind. He explores the idea and decides to train for a dog. He eventually gets a guide dog, but soon learns that he is barred from taking his needed companion into transit vehicles and public buildings and businesses. With a newfound friend, he must fight to make the country recognize that those rules are unfair to him and his guide. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Drama | Family | History


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Release Date:

7 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szeretet mindenek előtt See more »

Filming Locations:

Leavenworth, Washington, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Arguably, the most moving aspect of the film is the way it depicts the heartbreaking reality that, once blind people are attached to their guide dogs, it is virtually guaranteed that the dog will predecease the human. See more »


Restaurant Owner: [Both men are discussing why dogs are not permitted in the restaurant] ... Among other reasons, dogs have a - well, a disagreeable *odor*, for lack of a better term.
Morris Frank: Well, do you smell anything disagreeable right now?
[the other man shakes his head negatively]
Morris Frank: Neither do I. Buddy?
[Buddy emerges from under the table, where she has been hidden the whole time]
Restaurant Owner: NO DOGS ALLOWED, and that's FINAL! Now take this - this MUTT and leave, before I call the city pound.
Morris Frank: [with a shrug] Let's go, Buddy. I know a...
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23 April 2003 | by ohenry97-1See all my reviews

Great actor, great movie! Good story revealing a story both about a man and his dog, while also telling the story about the Seeing Eye Dog Program when it first was established. I recommend it!

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