ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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The Woman Who Willed a Miracle 

A blind, mentally retarded infant with cerebral palsey is left in the care of an elderly English woman who refuses to let him die.

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Sharron Miller
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Cloris Leachman ... May Lemke
M. Emmet Walsh ... Joe Lempke
Leif Green ... Leslie
Rosemary Murphy ... Gladys
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Nurse Matthews
James Noble ... Dr. Edwards
Bruce French ... Doctor Vince
Kirk Cameron ... Willy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Jacoby Laura Jacoby ... Nancy age 6
Marcello Krakoff Marcello Krakoff ... Danny
Paul Stout Paul Stout ... Leslie age 10
Blair Tefkin Blair Tefkin ... Nancy age 16 and 22 (as Blair Ashleigh Tefkin)
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Storyline

The true story of May Lemke and her son Leslie. May is a middle-aged nurse and mother of grown children, who, along with her husband, agrees to take in an abandoned baby boy with mental and physical handicaps. Leslie is blind and brain-damaged, but May patiently teaches him how to eat, walk, and talk. Leslie shows an interest in music, but it isn't until he is a teenager that his special ability reveals itself. He sits down at a piano and begins to play a classical piece he heard on TV, amazing everyone. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1983 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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profound impact
17 June 2001 | by stephboSee all my reviews

This movie had a profound impact on my life. Based on a true story this movie has been in my heart for many years. The performance by Cloris Leachman in heart-wrenching. I recommend this movie for anyone in a hard time.


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