Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Aug 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A mentally challenged man is befriended by a young filmmaker and his wife.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have heard about for decades, but never had the opportunity to see until now.
I’m so glad that I finally got a chance to see it because this story is extremely heartwarming and emotional the whole time.
When this came out in 1981, it was groundbreaking because not many movies had been made that were able to show a main character with mental retardation so effectively.
Mickey Rooney is superb in the title role and was very deserving of the various accolades and awards that he got for this role.
He won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for this performance and it’s easy to understand why.
The story works really well and we get a clear idea of the lengths and distances that the characters are willing to cross in the name of true friendship.
Dennis Quaid also does a great job in this film which is one of his earliest roles and we get to see how much he changes over the course of the film as he becomes more and more attached to the character played by Rooney.
In addition to Rooney’s awards for acting, this film managed to win Best TV movie at the Golden Globes and Best Writing at the Emmy Awards that year.
The fact that this film is based on a real event helps make it even more powerful.
Bottom Line – Great and emotional story that works quite well largely due to Rooney’s performance. he was very deserving of the numerous awards that he received for this role including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. The story is extremely heartwarming and we quickly get to know the depths and distances that the characters are willing to go for true friendship. Great seeing Quaid in this film in one of his earliest roles. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mickey Rooney won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for this role (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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