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Michael Landon, the Father I Knew (1999)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 23 May 1999
Michael Landon Jr. directs this biographical story of his television star father, 'Michael Landon' (John Schneider). The film deals with the scarring that Michael Jr. felt after his parents... See full summary »

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Michael Landon Jr.

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Michael Landon Jr. (story), Linda Bergman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Schneider ... Michael Landon
Cheryl Ladd ... Lynn Noe Landon
Joel Berti ... Michael Landon Jr.
Sarah Lancaster ... Leslie Landon
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Andy Glennon
Julie Condra ... Cindy Landon
Trever O'Brien ... Michael Landon Jr. - Age 15
Shawn Pyfrom ... Michael Landon Jr. - Age 10
Rachel Duncan Rachel Duncan ... Leslie Landon - Age 12
Daveigh Chase ... Shawna Landon - Age 8
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolai Bolom Nicolai Bolom ... Christopher Landon - Age 5
Alexis Brigante Alexis Brigante ... Brittany Landon
Corey Bringas Corey Bringas ... Christopher Landon - Age 10
Justin Chapman ... Josh Landon
Gino Conforti ... Antonio
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Storyline

Michael Landon Jr. directs this biographical story of his television star father, 'Michael Landon' (John Schneider). The film deals with the scarring that Michael Jr. felt after his parents divorce when he was 15 and looks at his father's philandering ways. Michael Jr. is the son of Landon's second wife 'Lynn Noe'), who was deserted when Landon took up with a make-up artist on the set of Little House on the Prairie (1974). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Father's Son See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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accurate story-telling by a son who wanted the world to know a truth
28 December 2008 | by kmbsk80See all my reviews

I'm sorry Mr OhioBonanza - it seems you are too emotionally involved with the Landon's for any impartial reasoning. Did you fail to read the title : 'The Father I Knew' / 'A Father's Son' ???????

It's a son's recount - who was clearly taken for granted and at times, forgotten by his self-indulgent, hormone-crazed father - of this man who was his parent. & for someone who wasn't there to disregard what he experienced growing up being Michael Landon Jnr - is very selfish, arrogant and mean spirited.

**************A stale piece of hogwash, 16 May 2004. This film vilifies Michael Landon, a man of extraordinary talent, guts, compassion,intelligence, and empathy for the downtrodden. I am a big Michael Landon fan...and I watched and taped the movie when it was aired years ago. It was completely biased. For example, it made Lynn Landon look like a poor betrayed wife...well, that is partially true, but nowhere did Michael, Jr. mention that Lynn was married to two men before Michael!!! Mr. Pontrelli...and then Mr. Manny Baier...She was older than Michael and more experienced...in many ways. She was said to be more concerned with her Beverly Hills status than with enjoying life with Michael. She wouldn't cook, and she apparently couldn't even be bothered to learn how to make a cup of coffee. Michael,Jr. also neglected to mention that he was heavily into drugs as an older teen, and that he was asked to leave the college he attended. Cindy was made out to be a teenybopper type; I have met Cindy, and she was warm and sensible..and she truly loved Michael. Such a superficial treatment by Landon, Jr., with bad acting, poor casting, hackneyed direction, and poor-me writing...makes this "daddydearest" a real loser. Avoid it; spend the time watching repeats of "Bonanza"..."Little House" and "Highway to Heaven".... Betsy


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