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A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)

Mary Thomas is a single mother with nine children in a rough Chicago neighborhood. She struggles through poverty, resisting gangsters, violence and drugs while battling an indifferent city ... See full summary »

Director:

John Patterson

Writer:

Jason Miller
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Mary Thomas
A.J. Johnson ... Ruby Thomas
Leon ... Michael Thomas
Garland Spencer Garland Spencer ... Isiah Thomas - Middle School
Chick Vennera
Larry O. Williams Jr. ... Isiah Thomas - High School
Jamey Sheridan ... Brother Ted (as James Sheridan)
Harry Lennix ... Nero
Shamon Ricks Shamon Ricks ... Jojo
Lanei Chapman ... Mary - at 16
Barbara E. Robertson ... Miss Day - Receptionist
Cynthia Baker Cynthia Baker ... Sister Kevin Anne
Marty Higginbotham Marty Higginbotham ... Mr. Davis
Ed Grennan Ed Grennan ... Mayor Daley
Moon Hi Hanson Moon Hi Hanson ... Dr. Kim
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Mary Thomas is a single mother with nine children in a rough Chicago neighborhood. She struggles through poverty, resisting gangsters, violence and drugs while battling an indifferent city bureaucracy. Her children thrive under her protection, despite the dangers and temptations of their neighborhood. Mary's youngest son, Isiah Thomas, grows up to be one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, leading the Detroit Pistons to two championships. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

TV-PG
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26 November 2002 | by ripplinbucketheadSee all my reviews

This is the story of Mary Thomas, mother of basketball superstar Isaiah Thomas, and the things she did to ensure a good life for her children. It chronicles their family's life in the projects and the struggles they went through, such as lack of money, health issues and even violence (one of her sons being involved with a vigilante group and also the drive-by shooting of a friend of Isaiah's are dealt with). It shows how strong Mary Thomas' love for her children is and follows, to some extent, the life of Isaiah as he progressed through high school and on through graduation at college. This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie and I hope to see it again some day!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La historia de Mary Thomas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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