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Donald Sutherland portrays Dr. Robert Shushan, the director of an institute which employs the mentally handicapped in fulfilling orders to commercial sellers (packing boxes, assembling). Somewhere along the way he's left his hands-on idealism behind and become enmeshed in red-tape and bureacracy, neglecting his wife and son in the process. A crisis with his health and a fortuitous meeting with the interesting and eccentric James Jones sets him back on track.
This is a true story; the screenplay was written by the real Shushan and Jones. It's moving and worth watching more than once.
His new lease on life awakens him to a need to get closer to his son Brian (Bradley Whitford) who, after years of a civil relationship, questions the need or desire for more of the emotional and loving kinship.
Unfortunately, during the heart episode's recovery time, the board of the clinic developed by Dr. Shushan has decided he needs to step down. Shushan takes one desperate stab at making a difference before he must leave. A mentally handicapped client and maintenance worker, James (Matthew Fox) becomes Shushan's focus. James had initially saved Shushan by being at the scene of the heart attack and responding appropriately. Shushan's enhanced effort to help this young man, lead to an attempt to find his father. James one great need/wish is to find his father, and that this father be proud of him. What an amazing portral of this young man who begins to see the doctor as his father.
Of course, the father is found. That is no surprise. It really happened. It is the reaction to the situation by all four, 2 sons and 2 fathers, that makes the ending. Powerful drama, and knowing it was real, makes the emotional adventure of this DVD all the better.Read more ›
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I saw this movie on a christian channel and then I had to order it because it is greatPublished 7 months ago by DonnaFaye
Wish it wasn't filled with bad words. Would like for the grands to see it, but find the language offensive.Published 8 months ago by Janis Simpson
The movie was very good! It was not naything like I thought it would be but I enjoyed it!Published 8 months ago by Lisa Cozad
It's incomprehensible to me why Donald Sutherland has never won an Oscar. FIX THAT, Hollywood!
Here he plays Dr. Shushan, director of a clinic for the mentally challenged. Read more