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Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)

PG | | Drama | 27 July 1979 (Portugal)
A trumpet player, self-destructive after the death of his wife and child in a fire, befriends a crippled youngster and together they battle obstacles through each other's encouragement.

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Burt Young
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Young ... Joe Shannon
Doug McKeon ... Robbie
Madge Sinclair ... Margaret
Jason Bernard ... Goose
Bert Remsen ... Braddock
Allan Rich ... Dr. Clark
Martin Beck ... Marvin
Ed Call Ed Call ... Producer
Bobby Cassidy Bobby Cassidy ... Miguel
Med Flory ... Humphreys / Shannon's Musicians - Keyboard
Larry Hankin ... Sound Technician
James Keane ... Jeels
Adrienne Larussa ... Peggy
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Dr. Simon
Charlie Robinson Charlie Robinson ... Policeman
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A trumpet player, self-destructive after the death of his wife and child in a fire, befriends a crippled youngster and together they battle obstacles through each other's encouragement.

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Tough luck and no luck. The two luckiest guys in the world. See more »

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Drama

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An inspirational movie if watched to the end
1 February 2007 | by jesussaddleSee all my reviews

I am flabbergasted that more people haven't appreciated this movie, out of the 45 who've voted on it. I am a musician, so I am a little biased, but I am giving it a ten also because it ranks as one of few movies that reach a heart wrenching finale that is meaningful and uplifting at the same time. I found it very worthwhile after seeing it to its conclusion. Why the poor scores? I guess those who are looking for something to nitpick over, like the cinematography, the pacing, or any one of a dozen film business quality areas, could certainly find ample points to take issue with. But come on people, this is a drama, not an action movie. It has tremendous heart. Drama's with heart that deliver a punch are not all that abundant, especially in this world of cynics.

The acting is at times, but not always, excellent, and the story delivers and is worth the wait, for those who can endure along with the characters.

If you like jazz, if you are a musician or are interested in a great movie about being one, or if you want to watch a movie that can inspire one to overcome difficulties and helping one another, especially if you or those close to you have mental or physical challenges that set them behind, you will find the triumph explored here is heartwarming indeed.

The movie compares to another one, called The Mighty, who IMDb members rated 7.2. Given the budget of that movie, compared with this one, and the time period difference, I think this is one of the more underrated movies on this web site.

Your patience will pay off!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1979 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$494,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$494,797
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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