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A Time to Live (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 28 October 1985
The problems of a mother who helps her son in his struggles against muscular dystrophy. From the true story of Peter and Mary-Lou Weisman.

Director:

Rick Wallace

Writers:

John McGreevey (teleplay by), Mary-Lou Weisman (book)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Minnelli ... Mary-Lou Weisman
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Larry Weisman
Swoosie Kurtz ... Patricia
Scott Schwartz ... Adam Weisman
Corey Haim ... Peter Weisman
Henry G. Sanders ... Fred
Janine Manatis Janine Manatis ... Mangie
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Betty Vehon
Kurt Reis Kurt Reis ... Kurt Vehon
Tre Smith ... Jeff (as Trevor Smith)
François Klanfer François Klanfer ... Julian-Serre
Ken Pogue ... Dr. Doran
Samantha Langevin ... Dr. Ulmer
Chuck Shamata ... Dr. Strathmore
Richard Allan Heft Richard Allan Heft ... Student
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The problems of a mother who helps her son in his struggles against muscular dystrophy. From the true story of Peter and Mary-Lou Weisman. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Gebaseerd op de bestseller "Intensive Care" van Mary-Lou Weisman (Dutch) Based on the bestseller "Intensive Care" from Mary-Lou Weisman

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coeur en sursis See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A curiosly boring story of a supposedly miraculous woman. (spoilers)
15 November 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

This is a film about a mother's struggle with her youngest son's exacerbating muscular dystrophy.

Who do they movies like these? For ailing parents who are faced with similar circumstances? Is it for empathetic purposes, to get the rest of us to realize the difficulties of these situations (as though we already didn't know)? Perhaps, both. I don't really know. But, I do know that these movies are a dime a dozen, and particularly popularly for mid-80s to early-90s made for TV fare. This low budget production was one of the more cornier ones that I had seen.

Liza Minelli does carry the entire film, sadly, because 1) the overall movie, although about a touching topic (I suppose) is really quite boring and too long for the little substance we're actually given; and 2) because she is really the only one, besides Swoozie Kurtz who has a minor supporting role, who can act worth a damned. Check out the opening scene where the mother and father are in the doctor's office discussing the son's condition. She sounds like she's reading from a teleprompter and can't see the text so well. It's no surprise that she'd win a Golden Globe for the performance either. She's always had screen appeal as the witty, independent, and charismatic characters she often portrays.

Corey Haim fans, may nonetheless, appreciate its nostalgic, since pre-stardom Haim is here aplenty. Otherwise, I'd say you could probably find something better scanning Lifetime TV reruns.


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