Reviewed by: Brett Willis
Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Ernest Borgnine, Timothy Bottoms, Susan Dey, Arthur Hill, Patricia Neal, Glynnis O'Connor, Eva Marie Saint, Richard Speight Jr. | Director: Delbert Mann
This made-for-TV film is the dramatized true story of Morris Frank (Timothy Bottoms), a young man blinded in a boxing accident, who became the first American to use a seeing-eye dog.
In one moment, Mr. Frank has his whole life changed. Upset and frustrated, he tends to push away his friends, family, anyone who tries to offer support. But he’s recruited for the guide dog program, and becomes an inadvertent pioneer. Slowly, he learns to appreciate the value and the depth of his relationship with his dog. He also must fight to reform “no dog” laws and ordinances to allow exceptions for guide dogs.
There’s quite a bit of conflict in this story, but nothing that would prohibit family viewing. I recommend it as well done and worthwhile.