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Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (1991)

A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

Director:

Michael Ray Rhodes

Writers:

Jill Ireland (book), Audrey Davis Levin (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Jill Ireland
Lance Henriksen ... Charles Bronson
Neill Barry ... Jason McCallum
Lila Kaye ... Dorothy, Jill's mother
Jack Gwillim ... Jill's father
Elizabeth Ashley ... Vicky
Jimmy McNichol ... Valentine McCallum
Clint Allen Clint Allen ... Paul McCallum
Ian Patrick Williams
Byron Allen ... Himself (TV interviewer)
Sarah Lundy Sarah Lundy ... Zuleika, Jason's sister
Jeff Austin ... Dr. Hynes
Zoe Trilling ... Sydney
Liane Curtis ... Lori
Dierk Torsek Dierk Torsek ... Dr. Horden
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A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Lines See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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one of those "could have been good" TV movies...
14 June 1999 | by chas77See all my reviews

An outstanding performance by Lance Henrikson portraying Charles Bronson (Ireland's husband) fails to move this TV movie out of the mediocre pile, and that's too bad because this story is fascinating. Clayburgh tries hard as the doomed Ireland but there are some basic problems with her performance, namely she's not English (her accent is pretty bad) and she's not that good-looking. The real Ireland was a beautiful, fairly talented actress who gave up a marriage with popular Scottish actor David McCallum ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E.") to be with the fairly unknown Bronson. Within a couple of years, Bronson became one of the most popular actors in the world. Now if the producers would have only combined THAT aspect of her life into this so-so TV movie we'd have a superb story... (updated on 12/6/2016 to reflect the fact that McCallum is Scottish not British to make some tiresome baby-boy happy...this is for reviews, not whining about inconsequential rubbish - see the film if you want to comment, mate)


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