The semi-autobiographical story of Michael Landon's high school life, his devoted father and his unique talent and ability to throw a javelin, despite his smaller frame.

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Harriet Orowitz
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Gene Orowitz
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Cathy Stanton
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Robert Woods (as Alan Hayes)
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Bonnie Barnes
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Gene Orman
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Cy Martin
William Boyett ...
Coach Sutter
John Walcutt ...
Ronnie Morgan
David Lloyd Nelson ...
Lonnie Morgan
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Mr. Turner (as William H. Bassett)
Harvey Gold ...
Jake Bellow
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Mr. Collins
David Wakefield ...
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Michael Landon's semi-autobiographical sketch of his earlier life. It's the story of Gene Orowitz, a high school student struggling with his bed-wetting, who finds success as a distance runner on the track team. Written by Anonymous

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17 August 1984 (USA)  »

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El hijo de Sam  »

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A deleted scene had Mr. Collins actually feeling the length of Eugene's long hair in shock and amusement. See more »

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The length of Eugene's hair changes a couple times throughout the film. See more »

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Sam Orowitz: [looking at Eugene's long hair after suffering a heart attack] Look at that hair. Your grandfather would turn over in his grave, if he saw something like that. He was barber, you know?
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Not quite an epic, but a nice movie just the same.
23 February 2004 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this video by accident at the local library, and I remembered that my mom watched it one time when it was on the USA Network. It seemed to be a pretty good movie from the little I remembered of it, so I went ahead and checked it out. It turned out to be a wise decision. This is one of those movies where you find yourself literally applauding the actions of the main character (Gene Orowitz) and his beloved father, Sam. You can really sense the bond that these two people have as the movie progresses. They both seem to learn the lesson that no matter how unlikely a dream seems to be, it can always come true if you work at it hard enough. This is a nice movie to watch on a lazy afternoon or evening, as it really doesn't take much to get (and stay) involved in the story. It's got humor, suspense, romance, drama, and even a tear-jerking moment or two thrown in for good measure. Overall, it's a good film, worth watching at least once.


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