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The Loretta Claiborne Story (2000)

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Made for television, The Loretta Claiborne Story was the fact-based saga of a mentally and physically handicapped young woman who fulfilled her dream to excel at track and field. Despite the unstinting support of her overworked and underpaid mother, Rita (Tina Lifford), Loretta (Kimberly Elise) is besieged by innumerable obstacles en route to her goal, roadblocks mostly created by callous, indifferent, and downright hostile "normal" people. But with the additional urging of compassionate, no-nonsense social worker Janet McFarland (Camryn Manheim), Loretta not only triumphed at the Special Olympics, but also at the Boston Marathon. Her achievements are ultimately given their highest accolade when Loretta wins the 1996 Arthur Ashe Award for courage. The Loretta Claiborne Story debuted January 16, 2000, as an episode of ABC's Wonderful World of Disney anthology.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Television
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Studio:
De Passe Entertainment

Cast

Kimberly Elise
as Loretta Claiborne
Camryn Manheim
as Janet McFarland
Tina Lifford
as Rita Claiborne
Damon Gupton
as Sam Claiborne
Nicole Ari Parker
as Christine Claiborne
Jordan Puryear
as Loretta Claiborne (age 11)
Marcia Bennett
as Mrs. Norman
David Bolt
as Mr. Clavestone
Scott Denton
as Governor
Joe Dinicol
as Russell
David McFarlane
as Frank Burns
Martin Doyle
as Principal Stone
Strahil Dobrev
as Russian Athlete
Joe Duhaney
as DJ Claiborne
Justin Mitchell
as DJ Claiborne (age 6)
Paul Essemiere
as Crenshaw
Fiona Reed
as Eunice Shriver
Sarah Frances
as Abbey (age 10)
Nancy Palk
as Annie Rydell
Peter MacNeill
as Coach Murdock
Fawn Logan-Young
as Loretta Claiborne (age 5)
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½

5.5/10. A little too sappy, but the earnest performances by the main leads are very good and heartfelt. Well meaning, but I doubt very much it is an accurate account of the title characters life, and feel it is very "Disneyized".

James Higgins
James Higgins

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