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Go Toward the Light (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1 November 1988
A young couple faces the realities of life with their child who is diagnosed with AIDS.

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Mike Robe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Hamilton ... Claire Madison
Piper Laurie ... Margo
Joshua Harris Joshua Harris ... Ben Madison
Ned Beatty ... George
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Dr. Gladstone
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Sally
Steven Eckholdt ... Jeff
Brian Bonsall ... Zack
Mitchell Allen Mitchell Allen ... Brian
Richard Thomas ... Greg Madison
Brian Lando Brian Lando ... Keith
Ryan McWhorter Ryan McWhorter ... Randy
Jack Tate Jack Tate ... Rick
John Wesley ... 2nd Doctor
Madison Mason ... Joe
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Storyline

A young couple faces the realities of life with their child who is diagnosed with AIDS.

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A story of one boy's courage and a family's struggle to survive the ultimate test.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go to the Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The cabin seen in the beginning when they are at the family reunion is the same one used in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). See more »

Quotes

Claire: Most people see life as straight line and the longer the line, the more we think we have lived and the more whole we suppose our lives to be. But I learned from Ben, life is a circle... Ben died on July 4th 1986, a few days after his ninth birthday, a brief one-hundred-and-eight months after he was born. It's the hardest thing anyone could ever have to do, to help someone they love die. But we, as parents, had to help Ben face death; without pain, without fear and, ultimately, without us. Ben's...
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helpful to kids
18 March 2001 | by xffanatic_4everSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time when I was about 11. I didn't really understand the effects of AIDS on a person or on their family. This very touching movie really opened my eyes to what was going on all around me. I have grown up and never forgotten this movie (I still cry when I see it on TV), and I wish other kids could see this movie and get the same message I did out of it. I also realized that people with AIDS shouldn't be stereotyped and are just like everyone else (I felt so sorry when the school wouldn't let Ben back into school because of people's ignorance). Richard Thomas' explanation of death/a soul is also very helpful for a child with questions. Sad yet necessary film. Beautifully acted by everyone in the cast. Especially the actor who played young Ben, who was confused but very brave in his fight.


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