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Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 23 April 1986
Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writers:

Frank Deford (book), Carol Evan McKeand (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig T. Nelson ... Frank Deford
Bonnie Bedelia ... Carole Deford
Gennie James ... Alex Deford
Danny Corkill ... Chris Deford
Mark Withers ... Mac Deford
Melonie Mazman Hayden Melonie Mazman Hayden ... Zehra Delford (as Melonie Mazman)
Brenda Bazinet ... Barbara Keator
Cherry Jones ... Tina Crawford
Elva Mai Hoover ... Alice Grady (as Elva Mae Hoover)
Dann Florek ... Dr. Tom Dolan
Sean McCann ... Dr. Ralph Stanwyck
Ted Simonett Ted Simonett ... Dr. Westlake
Jane Schoettle Jane Schoettle ... Woman in Market
Lindsey Amelio Lindsey Amelio ... Alex - ages 3 to 5 (as Lindsey Cook Amelio)
Harley Cross ... Chris - ages 6 to 8
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Storyline

Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting story touched the hearts of millions when it was first published and then made into a memorable television movie. A new introduction contains information on the latest cystic fibrosis research, and a touching postcript reveals how the Deford family came to terms with the loss of Alex. Whenever he speaks, sportswriter Frank Deford knows people will bring articles for him to sign. But what makes him happiest is when someone attends a sports-oriented lecture and brings a copy of Alex: The Life of a Child for him to sign. "Invariably, and happily, there's usually someone at each appearance who either brings that book or wants to talk about their connection to cystic fibrosis." Deford says. "It's tremendously gratifying to me. Rarely does a week go by ... Written by Written by Kasey Louise

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Mandy Films

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una vita troppo breve See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandy Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Craig T Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia were paired again as husband and wife in 2010s family drama Parenthood. They played Zeek and Camille Braverman. See more »

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Have been looking for a copy of this movie for years!
26 July 2004 | by oehmen-2See all my reviews

My three children and I watched this movie together and still talk about it often. All three are grown with children of their own now and we have been looking for a copy for our movie library. The story itself was beautiful and the casting was perfect. The day to day lifestyle of a family with a sick child was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. We still quote the line from Alex, "Daddy, my little Daddy."

I think the best part was the portrayal of Alex herself. The vivacious personality that everyone adored. The brave little girl with the huge heart. The actress who never stopped acting up until the very end.

To this day, after all of these years, this movie remains one of our all-time favorites!


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