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Door to Door (2002)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 14 July 2002
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A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman.

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Steven Schachter
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Bill Porter
Kyra Sedgwick ... Shelly Soomky Brady
Kathy Baker ... Gladys Sullivan
Joel Brooks ... Alan
Woody Jeffreys ... Brad
Nancy Lenehan
Romy Rosemont ... Rhoda
Eric Keenleyside ... Neighbor Bob
Daryl Shuttleworth Daryl Shuttleworth ... Larry
Helen Mirren ... Mrs. Porter
Bill Dow ... Chuck
Michael Shanks ... John
Michael P. Northey ... Go Away Guy
Laurie Murdoch ... Older Joey / Reporter
G. Patrick Currie G. Patrick Currie ... 1st Bellman
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Bill Porter, a man afflicted with cerebral palsy, is desperate to find a job despite his condition. He uses his sense of humor, determination, and winning spirit to convince a manager to hire him as a door-to-door salesman for Watkins, a supplier of household items and baking products. Porter walks several miles every day on his sales route, eventually working his way into the hearts of his customers. Written by Jwelch5742

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Bill Porter, the real-life pitchman who spent his working life selling door-to-door despite having severe cerebral palsy, and who served as the inspiration for this movie portrait, died in Gresham, Oregon on December 9, 2013 at the age of eighty-one. See more »

Goofs

When Shelly is stepping into the shower you can see her brown bathing suit bottoms. See more »

Quotes

Gladys Sullivan: Oh, I'm sorry, I put a little vodka in there. Is it too much for you?
Bill Porter: [handing back the orange juice] I probably shouldn't. I walk like a drunken sailor as it is.
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Inspired by the true life story of Bill Porter See more »

Connections

Version of Door to Door (2009) See more »

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You Make My Dreams
Written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
Performed by Daryl Hall & John Oates
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a unit of BMG Entertainment
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William H. Macy is absolutely delightful in this sugar-coated but well-meaning tele-movie.
14 July 2002 | by Aussie StudSee all my reviews

William H. Macy portrays the adult life of Bill Porter, an inspirational story about a man afflicted with Cerebral Palsy who manages to become a successful door-to-door salesman throughout four decades spanning the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties.

"DOOR TO DOOR" is a factual-based story about the adventures experienced by Bill Porter as a door-to-door salesman, a man filled with so much admiration, persistence and charm, William H. Macy nails down the role with absolute brilliance.

Unfortunately, "DOOR TO DOOR" is very heavily coated with saccharine sweetness that it almost brushes off as a project that may have been intended for Lifetime, Television for Women. The story-lines involving Porter's customers and how their lives were changed by him are certainly inspiring, but one must also wonder if they actually did happen. I was most certainly intrigued by the story-line involving the separated couple and the butchered tree that marked the perimeter of their property, and the awkward story-line involving the gay couple and an obvious insinuation that one of their friends might have been inflicted with the AIDS virus, something that was never resolved and seemed a little misplaced.

Unlike "FORREST GUMP" which was entirely fictional, I never for a second during that movie wondered if and/or how the situations he got himself into actually happened. Throughout "DOOR TO DOOR", I did wonder a few times if 'this' or 'that' really happened, but regardless, I still enjoyed the movie without being buried under the obvious flaws and cliches.

Kathy Baker portrays a devoted customer who purchases his products even when she has no use for them, while Helen Mirren portrays his endearing mother who is stricken with Alzheimer's Disease and becomes one of the many hurdles Porter must struggle with throughout his difficult life. Kyra Sedgwick was charming as his trusty assistant, the energetic flame of his life that he never got to claim as his own, but probably became the best friend that he ever had.

William H. Macy definitely deserves an Emmy Award for his outstanding performance in this movie. He is just as brilliant on the small screen as he is on the big screen, while most people don't remember that he was once a featured cast member of the hit television series "E.R.".

"DOOR TO DOOR" is a truly inspirational story and highly recommended for those who are sick of all those movies about things getting blown up or people getting peppered with bullets. A welcome change indeed!

My Rating - 8 out of 10


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Turner Network Television

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14 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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