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Sam's Son
     

Sam's Son

Director: Michael Landon

Cast: Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Timothy Patrick Murphy

 
This largely autobiographical story written and directed by Michael Landon stars Timothy Patrick Murphy as Gene Orowitz (Landon's real name was Eugene Orowitz), a frail teenager with a talent for throwing the javelin and a close relationship to his father Sam (Eli Wallach), the manager of a movie theater. Sam's real love in life is writing fiction, and he pounds the

Overview

This largely autobiographical story written and directed by Michael Landon stars Timothy Patrick Murphy as Gene Orowitz (Landon's real name was Eugene Orowitz), a frail teenager with a talent for throwing the javelin and a close relationship to his father Sam (Eli Wallach), the manager of a movie theater. Sam's real love in life is writing fiction, and he pounds the keys of his typewriter well into the night as he tries to finish a major opus. One day when Gene sees Samson and Delilah (1949) at the theater where his father works, he becomes certain that whatever strength he has is due to his long hair and he refuses to cut his hair, even though long hair turns the school principal apoplectic and has to be disguised when Gene is at a sports meet. Gene's life is not a bed of roses, yet when he is dumped by his girlfriend Bonnie for Robert (Alan Hayes), an arrogant football player who has bullied him whenever the chance arose, his good friend Cathy (Hallie Todd) stays by his side. Later, he has his own revenge with Robert by connecting with a right to the jaw, shocking everyone, perhaps even himself. Gene has been working out to get ready for a big school meet and is a bit stronger in his javelin-tossing arm. As the day of the big meet approaches, life changes dramatically for him -- and the movie's climax, though it appears contrived, actually happened to Landon in real life. Landon also plays a small role in the film as a movie star visiting his hometown -- and in some ways, he was "Sam's son" because he himself took to writing -- including the script for this movie, in fact.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1998
UPC:
0726697041002
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Republic Pictures

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eli Wallach Sam Orowitz
Anne Jackson Harriet Orowitz
Timothy Patrick Murphy Gene Orowitz
Hallie Todd Cathy Stanton
Alan Hayes Robert Woods
Michael Landon Gene Orman
Howard Witt Cy Martin
John Walcutt Ronnie Morgan
William H. Bassett Mr. Turner
Harvey Gold Jake Bellow
James Karen Mr. Collins
David Adams Truck Driver
Robert Balderson Track Official
Bill Boyett Coach Sutter
Barbara Collentine Miss Bass
Jonna Lee Bonnie Barnes
Herb Mitchell Coach Diener
Dave Morick Field Judge
Mickey Morton Customer
David Nelson Lonnie Morgan
Martin Rudy Dr. Warren
Kurt Smildsin Track Official
B.J. Turner Customer
Buck Young Marv Gates
Gavin H. Mooney Police Officer
Michael Griswold Cathy Stanton's Father
Philip Proctor Art Fisher

Technical Credits
Michael Landon Director,Screenwriter
Dennis Peeples Set Decoration/Design
David Rose Score Composer
Linda Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Voigtlander Cinematographer

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