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The Loneliest Runner (1976)

A young boy who still wets the bed finds escapism from his abusive mother and his own embarrassment by going running after school.

Director:

Michael Landon

Writer:

Michael Landon
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Kerwin ... John Curtis as a Youth
Brian Keith ... Arnold Curtis
DeAnn Mears DeAnn Mears ... Alice Curtis
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Nancy Rizzi
Rafer Johnson ... Himself
Michael Landon ... John Curtis as an Adult
Walker Edmiston ... Dr. Claymor
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... George Sanders (as Cliff Pellow)
Bing Russell ... Fred Dawkins (as Neil Russell)
Randy Faustino Randy Faustino ... Tony
Dermott Downs ... Donnie
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Mr. Rizzi
Barbara Collentine ... Miss King
Herb Vigran ... Guard
Hank Stohl Hank Stohl ... Assistant Director
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Storyline

A thirteen year-old bed wetter runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him. He races to get there before any of his friends pass the house. This enforced training prepares him to become a competitive runner. The script, by Michael Landon, is autobiographical. Written by Frank Wallace

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A magányos futó See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film is fictional and not literally autobiographical, it is based on some of Michael Landon's own experiences. He wet the bed as a teenager and lived with an extremely unstable, mentally ill mother and an indifferent father, who had a very volatile marriage. Consequently, he and his sister, had a very difficult and traumatic childhood which affected him his whole life. See more »

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It sticks in my head.
25 July 2006 | by bettydevSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies I've never forgotten. It's been stuck in my head since I saw it a long time ago. The agony of a child being embarrassed by his mother for wetting his bed, when he so desperately wanted to stop, is a heart-breaker.

How many times have we, as parents or just people, criticized another person without thinking of how our criticism can hurt? Maybe it's something the person can control and maybe it's not. But our criticism can last and hurt for years, as has my memory of this movie.

I don't remember if the mother in this film took her child to a doctor. Even if she had, she wouldn't have gotten much help. Fortunately now, medical science can relieve the problems of bed-wetting in adolescents and adults with a simple nasal spray of the hormones lacking in the person, hormones which shut down the kidneys when sleeping.


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