Number of Times Seen – Twice (2 Aug 2005 and 20 Jul 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A traveling salesman with Cerebral Palsy tries to do the best he can in his work and in his life.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing years ago and it made quite an impression on me.
William H. Macy is superb in the lead role and deservingy won an Emmy for his work here.
This story is based on a true story and shows how even someone with a disability like this character can have such an impact on his own life and the lives of those around him that would never have expected it.
The story is told in a powerful way and allows the viewer to get an idea of the kind of life a traveling salesman can lead.
The fact that the film takes place over a few decades also shows that how things change yet still stay the same over the period of time depicted.
Besides Macy winning and Emmy for his work here, the film won another 5 (of a total of 12 nominations) including Best Writing, directing and Best Made for TV movie.
The supporting cast is also great with Kathy Baker, Helen Mirren and Kyra Sedgwick helping to keep things so poignant.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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