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Shattered Spirits (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 6 January 1986
When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father tries to leave the bottle behind while putting his and his family's lives back together.


Robert Greenwald


Gregory Goodell


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Lyle Mollencamp
Melinda Dillon ... Joyce Mollencamp
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Ken Mollencamp
Lukas Haas ... Brian Mollencamp
Roxana Zal ... Lesley Mollencamp
Jill Schoelen ... Allison
Jenny Gago ... Mavis
Gaby Mandelik Gaby Mandelik ... Mrs. Donovan
Lenny Hicks Lenny Hicks ... Officer Pratt
Dyana Ortelli ... Mrs. Martinez
John Herzfeld ... Det. Pearlman
John Miranda ... Carl
Ed Call Ed Call ... Sergeant
Francine Lembi Francine Lembi ... Mother
Freddie Dawson Freddie Dawson ... Mr. Monteil


When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father tries to leave the bottle behind while putting his and his family's lives back together.

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Only he can wake himself from the nightmare.




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Release Date:

6 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas Dilaceradas See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lyle Mollencamp: [Lyle is drunk and comes into Kenny's room] Kenny, wake up! Did you hear me? I said, wake up! You haven't said a word to me. Haven't you got anything to say to me? Huh?
Ken Mollencamp: I don't know what you want me to say?
Lyle Mollencamp: Well, what do I think I want you to say? You take my money! You run off without permission, you take my van, leave me stranded. And look at this place it's a pigsty. You skip school, you flunk every test you ta-
[Lyle hits his head on the model airplane above him]
Lyle Mollencamp: You spend all your time ...
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All Out Of Love
Performed by Air Supply (uncredited)
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One of the best TV movies ever!
15 January 2002 | by nalobcramSee all my reviews

I saw this movie while in a high school health class. The instructor thought so highly of it he said he would show it to all his classes no matter how dated it was, I see why! I haven't seen "Shattered Spirits" since 1995 on cable, but I remember it well. With the huge success of "The West Wing" and the reissue of "Apocalypse Now" perhaps Martin Sheen's star will get this movie back in the arena. This movie is about a hard working, reliable family man who has only one problem-drinking. It deals with the issue in a totally believable way. Sheen's 'family' consists of Melinda Dillion (the mom from "A Christmas Story"), Matthew Laborteaux (Albert from "Little House on the Prarie"), and Lukas Haas ("Witness"). Although it does reek of the mid 1980's, that won't matter. If you can find this on video, or if it ever shows up on TV somewhere...SEE IT! You won't regret it.

Final rating: 9/10 "A classic. No flaws or complaints from me, just doesn't have that 'special magic' to give it a full 10."

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