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Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love

kaufman director barry wohl

(NBC, 5/14/1979, 120 mins). A poignant true story of a couple who discover that their son is an autistic child but refuse to believe gloomy medical prognoses and devise their own ways of treating him. Remarkable performances were gotten from the two youngsters who played the boy, 3 1/2 year old twin great-grandsons of veteran film director King Vidor. Based on Barry Neil Kaufman’s 1976 book “Son Rise.”

Production Companies Rothman-Wohl Productions, Filmways. Director Glenn Jordan. Executive Producers Bernard Rothman, Jack Wohl. Producer Richard M. Rosenbloom. Teleplay Stephen Kandel. Based on the Autobiography by Barry Neil Kaufman. Photography Matthew F. Leonetti. Music Gerald Fried. Song “Is There Room in Your World for Me?” by Gene Nelson, Paul Nelson. Song performed by Debby Boone. Editor Sidney Katz. Art Director James Spencer.

Cast James Farentino (Barry Kaufman), Kathryn Harrold (Suzie Kaufman), Stephen Elliott (Abe Kaufman), Henry Olek (Dr. Bob Clark), Kerry Sherman (Nancy), Michael and Casey Adams (Raun Kaufman), Missy Francis (Thea Kaufman), Shelby Balik (Bryn Kaufman), Erica Yohn (Dr. Fields), Don Chastain (Dr. Corelf), Richard Doyle (Herb), Rachel Bard (Roz), Barbara Carney (Dr. Wills), Amentha Dymally (Guide), Sue Ann Gilfillan (Ms. Marcum), Sean Griffin (Pediatrician), Enid Kent (Mother), Mark Ross (Felton), Nancy Steen (Julie), Fred Stuthman (Dr. Johnson), Reba Waters (Laura), Jack Wohl (Grady), June Whitley Taylor (1st teacher), William Wintersole (Dr. Ramsay).

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