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Mark, I Love You (1980)

Kevin Dobson plays Hal Painter, a distraught widower caught in a bitter custody battle with his late wife's parents over his 10-year-old son, following his plans to remarry and move off to California with the boy.

Director:

Gunnar Hellström

Writers:

Sue Grafton (teleplay), Hal W. Painter (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Dobson ... Hal Painter
James Whitmore ... Dwight Hamilton
Cassie Yates ... Marylyn
Dana Elcar ... Mr. Bassett
Peggy McCay ... Margaret Hamilton
Molly Cheek ... Jeanne
Lane Smith ... Don Payer
Justin Dana Justin Dana ... Mark Painter
Richard Benedict ... Mr. Powell
Jay W. MacIntosh ... Dr. Hastings
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... Dr. Eckert
Pat Corley ... Bucky Sims
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Mr. Schmidt
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... William Chastain
Lloyd Nelson ... Mr. Henry
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Kevin Dobson plays Hal Painter, a distraught widower caught in a bitter custody battle with his late wife's parents over his 10-year-old son, following his plans to remarry and move off to California with the boy.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Aubrey Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"True" story about man's battle for custody of his son.
21 February 2008 | by mollyenessSee all my reviews

This made for TV movie is about my family, so I am biased. (If it weren't I would have forgotten it by now.) Mark is my cousin, and the grandparents portrayed in the movie were my grandparents. I hate how they are portrayed as cold and stereotypical Midwestern hicks. In fact, my grandfather was the editor of a newspaper and my grandmother had a degree from Grinnell. I never saw her without nylons, much less in a house-dress. I agree that the judge in the case who assigned custody based on "lifestyle" was out of line. Having a Made-for-TV movie made about people I know and love shows me first hand how simplistic these things are and how much they rely on stereotypes and soundtracks to tell their story. The story told from my Grandmother's perspective could have made a wonderful film, but I am sure if it had been a TV movie (or a Lifetime production) it would have been stupid as well.


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