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||IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 22 Dec 1981 /
||Genre: Biography, Drama
||Director: Anthony Page,
||Stars: Biography, Drama
||Synopsis: Bill Sackter, a intellectually disabled man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He is taken in by a kind ...
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"Bill" is a wonderful TV-movie, one of the best ever made. It doesn't have
flashy sets; it doesn't have special effects; it's set in Minnesota and Iowa
in the dead of winter, not very exciting or scenic places. What it does
have is one of Mickey Rooney's best performances, and unarguably one of the
most sweet, poignant and winning characters he's ever played. He won the
Golden Globe for his performance, and it's easy to see
The film is based on Barry Morrow, an independent filmmaker who happened to
run across Bill, an older man who was thought to be mentally challenged, and
started doing a documentary on his life. Along the way Barry discovered
that Bill was as smart as anyone else, but that he'd been locked up in a
mental institution since he was 5 years old and treated as if he was
mentally handicapped. Bill's early life isn't touched on in more than a
random way, but what we do hear is terrifying; abuse of a normal child on a
grand scale. Abuse so bad that Bill can only survive by acting like the
rest of the inmates. When Barry takes Bill back to the institution to film
a segment, Bill's reaction is pitiable.
Barry is played by Dennis Quaid in one of his early roles, and he's great in
some scenes, merely passable in others. Luckily, the great scenes outnumber
the passable ones. The rest of the cast are good with the exception of
Largo Woodruff, who plays Barry's wife. She is alternately pouty, nasty,
spoiled-rotten or smiley, with no subtleties in-between. She is the only
drawback to the film; if she had only downplayed some of her more dramatic
scenes she would have been much easier to take. However, she doesn't harm
the movie in any real way; it's all Rooney's film and he's the reason to
watch it. A sequel was made several years later with Mickey reprising his
role and Helen Hunt playing the college student who took Bill under her
wing. It is more of a routine TV movie; Mickey is good but the story
doesn't have the magic of the first.
This film deserves to be seen more than it is. It's especially right for
the Christmas season, since the real Bill loved to play Santa. This is a
family staple in our house and we watch it every Christmas, marveling at
just how magical "Bill" is.
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