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To All My Friends On Shore [Slim Case]

3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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To All My Friends On Shore Actors: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Dennis Hines Directors: Gilbert Gates Format: NTSC Region: All Regions Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Run Time: 70 minutes From a review: This is truly an excellent film. Bill Cosby stars as a Blue who is hardworking father. He is married to Serena, a former housekeeper who is going to school in the evening to be a nurse. They have one son, a young boy name Vandy. Vandy seems like he might be in 6th or 7th grade. Vandy is selfish, spoiled by his mother who coddles him like a young toddler, and disrespectful towards his father. Nothing is good enough for him. He wonders why he can't go to the amusement park and why his family only has an old car they call Esmerelda rather than a Cadillac. Blue just wants to move his family into a home. The house he has in mind appears to be abandoned but Blue has big dreams for this house. Sadly, Serena doesn't share his vision for them one day being homeowners. Throughout the film Vandy has a few little scenes that give the viewers the idea that he might be sick but how sick is shocking. Vandy has a bad case of Sickle Cell Anemia. Bill Cosby as Blue seemed more like a real person than he did in all of the years of the Cosby Show. It was great to see him play a dramatic role. From another review: A very realistic story. An excellent dramatic turn by Bill Cosby.

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  • Actors: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Dennis Hines
  • Directors: Gilbert Gates
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: EastWest
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ERHBPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is truly an excellent film. Bill Cosby stars as a Blue who is hardworking father. He is married to Serena, a former housekeeper who is going to school in the evening to be a nurse. They have one son, a young boy name Vandy. Vandy seems like he might be in 6th or 7th grade. Vandy is selfish, spoiled by his mother who coddles him like a young toddler, and disrespectful towards his father. Nothing is good enough for him. He wonders why he can't go to the amusement park and why his family only has an old car they call Esmerelda rather than a Cadillac.

Blue just wants to move his family into a home. The house he has in mind appears to be abandoned but Blue has big dreams for this house. Sadly, Serena doesn't share his vision for them one day being homeowners. Throughout the film Vandy has a few little scenes that give the viewers the idea that he might be sick but how sick is shocking. Vandy has a bad case of Sickle Cell Anemia. Bill Cosby as Blue seemed more like a real person than he did in all of the years of the Cosby Show. It was great to see him play a dramatic role.
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I remember watching this on TV as a child! Bill Cosby stars as a struggling member of the working poor, helplessly watching his only child slowly dying of sickle cell anemia. It really is a very moving story; you get a sense of the overwhelming frustration experienced by those who never seem to get ahead, despite their hardest efforts. It's a low budget, made-for-tv, four-hanky tearjerker of the type they used to make in the 1970s, and it's great to see that it has an audience once more!
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Blue (Cosby) has big dreams. He wants the best for his family and he sees their opportunity in an old house away from the projects. When not working his two regular jobs, he is out doing extra odd jobs which leaves no time for his son Vandy. They ride around in an old station wagon and do not have color TV like some of the other families in the projects. Being a typical kid, Vandy wonders out loud to his father why they can not have these things as well. Blue has to explain to Vandy the types of (illegal) activities those other parents do to attain those color TVs and Cadillacs. His wife (Gloria Foster) tries to explain to Blue that Vandy needs his time not a house. Vandy collapses while playing with the neighborhood kids and after a series of tests they learn that he has sickle cell anemia and will not live very long. The dream of a house now seems unimportant to Blue as he struggle with the fact that a poor man has very few choices when it comes to health care for his child. A very realistic story. An excellent dramatic turn by Bill Cosby.
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By J. Patterson on November 18, 2008
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This is the classic mustached bill cosby way before his hit 80's show. THis movie is about bill cosby struggling to make ends meet and the whites mans world and him trying to have a relationship with his son who despises him. The script is solid watch this movie.
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I remember this movie vaguely from when I was a kid. I actually had to go to another website to find out the name of the movie. I remembered the actress Gloria Foster, so I had to find a filmography for her to get the name of the movie. I also remembered the son's name "Vandy". I was happy to actually find the movie. The movie starred Bill Cosby (pre Cosby show) as a father who is desperately trying to get his family out of a housing project. He sets his sights on an old, rundown house he wants to buy and restore. Blue, as his character is named scrimps, saves and scavenges things from the side of the road or wherever he finds them and sells them.
While Blue is planning for the future his young son Vandy is being denied a normal childhood, because of all the scrimping and saving. Vandy is diagnosed with an incurable disease and Blue decides to change his ways. Gloria Foster plays Bills wife and Vandy's mother Serena, who constantly tell her husband to allow Vandy to be a normal child. Good television movie made in 1972, so picture quality is okay. I would recommend this movie.
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By DE on November 17, 2012
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This little film is not to be missed! It is a beautiful pastiche - a little slice of life. Bill Cosby plays a hard working father who is looking to the future to provide a house and good life for his wife and son. Events conspire to give the lesson that life must be lived in the moment. The acting by the wife and little son is superb. The location shooting really lends a sense of both quiet resolve and potential. This wonderful little movie is truly a lost gem. A must-watch for those in love with the seventies. Bill Cosby fans will be delighted as he both stars and conceived the storyline.
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This is one of the few dramatic roles you will see Bill Cosby starring in. It really provides a snapshot into the life and times of the people of a particular era. If you are a fan of Blaxploitation cinema, this is a must-have. It reaches deep in to the heart of the people to tell a very serious, very heart-felt story.
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I guess I didn't know what "slim case" meant. This is a very poor copy of what seems like a copy. The color and audio are horrible. We had to really strain to hear what was being said. It was very tedious to watch, but I loved the story. I wish this could be copied so that it can be watched.
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