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Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 16 June 1991
Based on a true story, this film focuses on James Brady, the press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely injured in an attempt on the president's life. When John Hinckley Jr. tries to... See full summary »

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Mollie Dickenson (book), Robert Bolt (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... James Brady
Joan Allen ... Sarah Brady
David Strathairn ... Doctor Art Kobrine
Bryan Clark Bryan Clark ... Ronald Reagan
Steven Flynn ... John Hinckley
Gary Grubbs ... Larry 'Catfish' Speakes
Susan Brown ... Nancy Reagan
Christine Healy ... Ruth
Timothy Landfield ... Bob
Alan Ackles ... Journalist
Jack Adams Jack Adams ... Sanders
Tyrees Allen ... FBI Agent
Rosemary Baxter Rosemary Baxter ... Therapist Wynne
Gerry Becker ... Detective
James Belcher James Belcher ... Deaver
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Based on a true story, this film focuses on James Brady, the press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely injured in an attempt on the president's life. When John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill Reagan, he also shoots Brady. Although Brady recuperates, he is left partially paralyzed and continues to heal with the support of his wife, Sarah. The shooting inspires Brady to seek stricter gun control laws, resulting in the Brady Bill. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for language.
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Joan Allen appeared with both Bridges brothers: in this film along with Beau Bridges and previously with Jeff Bridges in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988); both real life stories and on both films, she plays their spouse. With Jeff, she acted one more time in The Contender (2000). See more »

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How to Deal With Your Life Being Over (as you know it)
29 September 2019 | by GeoPierpontSee all my reviews

I loved the Sunday afternoon Tea Dances at this Hilton back in the day. I was there a few days prior to the shooting, having a wonderful time dancing to Big Bands and then this occurred. I could not fathom yet another President's life in the balance, recalling that fateful day in 1963. I was not familiar with James Brady and his career trajectory. All I knew was immense sympathy for someone called "Bear" who mesmerized the press and was Ronnie's right hand man. What a tragedy and ensuing impact on this lovely family. Beau did a righteous job portraying the enormous challenge faced by victims of gun violence, stroke, heart attack, accidents, etc. He was imprisioned not by the hospital staff but by his brain function. He could still remember his finer hours and then know they were his last. However, the path one selects in this life can be extremely difficult and unpredictable, no matter the dedication and hard work. He and his wife helped pass the bill carrying his name and he should be proud of that legislation. It would never have occurred on his watch without Hinckley. HIgh recommend for those who were there during these events and for all who are affected by gun violence. I am pro self-protection but when you see this type of violence at an unprecedented level now, what options remain? Sad commentary.


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16 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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A História de James Brady See more »

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