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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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Taglines:

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

Certificate:

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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Minnelli shows true grit as loving mother to sick child...
9 March 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Liza Minnelli won a Golden Globe for forthright performance as real-life Mary-Lou Weisman, whose young son was stricken with muscular dystrophy. Minnelli's Mary-Lou is tough and tender, hopeful for a cure and yet acerbically wise to her no-win situation. Predictably, as per the TV-movie genre, Dad is the proverbial shadow in the proceedings, ready to throw in the towel early while Mom soldiers on. This is acceptable here, as Minnelli's gritty strength and heartfelt sentiment distinguishes the movie, but too often the piece slips into sick-kid clichés. We admire Mary-Lou (who wouldn't?), but there isn't anything surprising or unconventional in this material. The emotions rendered in "A Time to Live" don't feel put on, and everyone gets an 'A' for effort, but it's a minor entry on Liza's résumé.


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