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Michael Landon, the Father I Knew (1999)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 23 May 1999
Michael Landon Jr. directs this biographical story of his television star father, 'Michael Landon' (John Schneider). The film deals with the scarring that Michael Jr. felt after his parents... See full summary »

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Michael Landon Jr.

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Michael Landon Jr. (story), Linda Bergman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Schneider ... Michael Landon
Cheryl Ladd ... Lynn Noe Landon
Joel Berti ... Michael Landon Jr.
Sarah Lancaster ... Leslie Landon
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Andy Glennon
Julie Condra ... Cindy Landon
Trever O'Brien ... Michael Landon Jr. - Age 15
Shawn Pyfrom ... Michael Landon Jr. - Age 10
Rachel Duncan Rachel Duncan ... Leslie Landon - Age 12
Daveigh Chase ... Shawna Landon - Age 8
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolai Bolom Nicolai Bolom ... Christopher Landon - Age 5
Alexis Brigante Alexis Brigante ... Brittany Landon
Corey Bringas Corey Bringas ... Christopher Landon - Age 10
Justin Chapman ... Josh Landon
Gino Conforti ... Antonio
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Michael Landon Jr. directs this biographical story of his television star father, 'Michael Landon' (John Schneider). The film deals with the scarring that Michael Jr. felt after his parents divorce when he was 15 and looks at his father's philandering ways. Michael Jr. is the son of Landon's second wife 'Lynn Noe'), who was deserted when Landon took up with a make-up artist on the set of Little House on the Prairie (1974). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Cheesy TV star biography
2 April 2003 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

This film is about the life and times of Michael Landon, fifties teenage b-movie actor and star of successful and long-running TV series like "Bonanza", "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven". It focuses on the private life of Landon, reaching from his early "Bonanza" days in the sixties to his sad cancer death in 1991.

Directed by his son, Michael Landon jr., it is rather an autobiography about a tragic father and son relationship. As Landon left his family very early for another younger woman, it's the only thing that this movie is really about. What could have become an interesting portrait of a TV actor is just a boring and cheesy kitchen sink drama and a bit of an autotherapy of the director. You won't learn much about Landon or his works, but more about his hair styles during all those decades. And that's not enough for an interesting movie.


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