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Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story (1986)

A fictionalized tale of a young man who ends up in Boy's Town in Omaha, Nebraska. A kind priest helps the troubled boy find his way out of a life of trouble.


William Putman (story), B.W. Sandefur (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Carney ... Father Michael T. O'Halloran
Jack Bannon ... Father Lester
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Maggie Scott
Darrell Larson ... Hank Grogan
Reginald T. Dorsey ... Winslow Denton
Shashawnee Hall ... Randall
Lisa Sloan Lisa Sloan ... Nancy Grogan
Casey Siemaszko ... Andy Grainger
Barbra Rae ... Leona Grainger
Bill Dunbar Bill Dunbar ... John
Jacob Vargas ... Enrique Mendoza
Kristy Swanson ... Stephanie Gamble
Brian Andrews ... Toby Mason
Lillian Lehman Lillian Lehman ... Anne Compton
Donald Nelson Donald Nelson ... Tex


A fictionalized tale of a young man who ends up in Boy's Town in Omaha, Nebraska. A kind priest helps the troubled boy find his way out of a life of trouble.

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31 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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Boys Town, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Final acting role of Frank Mitchell. See more »

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Fartwarming. (spoilers)
20 September 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I wouldn't be surprised if this forgotten made-for-TV drama based on the Boys Town organization of Nebraska somehow found itself in the rerun catalog for prime-time family program stations like PAX or for those terribly out-of-date movies with moral lessons they force you to watch in life management classes in high school. Though well-meaning, this one is crammed with a stark departure from realism and plenty of bad acting by all except Art Carney.

The movie primarily follows alleged petty street tough Andy Grainger (Seimaszko) (who's troubles stem from a rather neglecting mother). After an afternoon joy ride in a stolen cars leads to a wild run-in with the police, Andy is given the option of jail or a term in Boys Town. So Andy takes the latter and is given a second chance.

Although initially reluctant to settle into the swing of things at Boys Town, despite being very lucky to avoid sentencing to juvenile detention and the minor presence of harsh rules, Andy has plans to leave. But, and as the usually family drama goes, he learns the lessons that those at Boys Town try to teach him and eventually, changes his ways. Meanwhile, Art Carney plays Father Halloran, the aging priest who is fighting retirement with a younger priest and trying to keep the spirit and teachings of Boys Town alive with Andy being his primary example of success.

Typical family drama material with excess emphasis on the role of the church in solving problems (Boys Town is a Catholic institution) might be tolerable were it not for the unrealistic events and the utterly bad acting, especially by Seimaszko and Dorsey ("Winslow"). Art Carney's presence is at least entertaining.

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