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A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | TV Movie 2 April 1991
In the early 1980s, football star Ricky Bell befriends Ryan Blankenship, a disabled boy.

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Richard Michaels

Writer:

Jeff Andrus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... Ricky Bell
Susan Ruttan ... Carol
Lane R. Davis Lane R. Davis ... Ryan Blankenship (as Lane Davis)
Lynn Whitfield ... Natala
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl
Polly Holliday ... Ruth
Jay Pennison Jay Pennison
John Schuhmacher John Schuhmacher
James Zachery James Zachery
Dennis Letts ... Ed
Woody Watson ... Larry
Marcus Allen ... Himself
Tony Davis Tony Davis ... Himself
Charles White Charles White ... Himself
Rob McKinnon ... Doctor #1
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A poignant story in the mode of "Brian's Song" and "Something for Joey". This is the tale of Ricky Bell, an all-pro running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who died of a rare muscle disease in the prime of his career. The plot centers on Bell's relationship with a father-less handicapped boy, and his efforts to be a big brother to him. The boy ends up being an inspiration for Bell when his disease makes the athlete more afflicted than the boy. Written by Bill Wendel

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força de uma Amizade See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A true classic
25 April 2004 | by graciegirl_22See all my reviews

My family watched this movie on tv years ago, and actually taped it on our VCR. We would all watch this film ever so often, and would all end up in tears with boxes of tissues used by the end. We somehow lost the tape over the years, but still always talk about it. It was a film that was so touching, I haven't seen a film that compares to it in all these years since it came out. I actually have a son now, and his name is Rhyan. I never thought about it until one day my family was sitting around talking about Ricky Bell, that I realized my son's name is the same name as the boy in the movie. The part when Ricky is laying in the hospital bed brings me to tears every time, such good acting in this movie. I give it a perfect 10, a definate classic.


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