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Act of Love (1980)

Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to ... See full summary »

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Jud Taylor

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Michael De Guzman, Judith Paige Mitchell (book) (as Paige Mitchell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Leon Cybulkowski
Robert Foxworth ... Andrew Rose
Mickey Rourke ... Joseph Cybulkowski
David Spielberg ... Victor Burton
Jacqueline Brookes ... Eugenia Cybulkowski
Sondra West Sondra West ... Margaret Cybulkowski
Gail Youngs ... Joan Gruber
Mary Kay Place ... Becky Wiggins
Peter Michael Goetz ... Dr. Warren Fitzpatrick
Peter Hobbs ... Judge Traviera
Kent Williams ... Dr. Mitchell
Chris Mulkey ... Nurse Watkins
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Dr. Gerald Oliver
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Doctor
Brian Farrell Brian Farrell ... Mr. Carney
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Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to stand trial for first-degree murder after the mercy killing. Michael De Guzman's teleplay was inspired by Paige.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ato de Amor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The home where the accident happened in Act of Love, was on the Pine Lake Plateau above Lake Sammamish in Issaquah Washington. The home was built in the 1800's and in 1915 my father was born there. The house is now on the Washington State Historic register. I met Ron Howard when I went to watch part of the filming and showed him where my grandmother marked the heights of my dad and his brother as they grew. So...there is history in this film, just never talked about. See more »

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Heartbreaking Story of Euthanasia
8 February 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

This is a gut wrenching story of a two brother that were extremely close, Leon & Joseph Cybulkowski. Joseph was riding a motorcycle, had an accident that left him a quadriplegic. Joseph did not want to live that way - he felt he was only a "head", that's all he was able to use - so he made his brother Leon promise to kill him if the operation still left him a quadriplegic. Leon did shoot his brother - kill him as promised. A lawyer took Leon's case because the courts want him charged with 1st degree murder, the lawyer does not want to use the euthanasia (mercy killing) defense, he wants to use the "not right in the head" defense. Now it's Leon himself and his lawyer to convince the court to let Leon go.

Watching this film I do not see Opie Taylor nor do I see Richie Cunningham - I see Ron Howard the actor. And Ron Howard is damned good in this film. The rest of the cast is also super. Everyone is very convincing.

I really enjoyed this film. I know that if I ended up in a situation like Joseph I want to be euthanized too but NOT by gunshot though!! I felt pity for both brothers and their family.

8/10


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