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The Loneliest Runner (1976)

A young boy who still wets the bed finds escapism from his abusive mother and his own embarrassment by going running after school.

Director:

Michael Landon

Writer:

Michael Landon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Kerwin ... John Curtis as a Youth
Brian Keith ... Arnold Curtis
DeAnn Mears DeAnn Mears ... Alice Curtis
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Nancy Rizzi
Rafer Johnson ... Himself
Michael Landon ... John Curtis as an Adult
Walker Edmiston ... Dr. Claymor
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... George Sanders (as Cliff Pellow)
Bing Russell ... Fred Dawkins (as Neil Russell)
Randy Faustino Randy Faustino ... Tony
Dermott Downs ... Donnie
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Mr. Rizzi
Barbara Collentine ... Miss King
Herb Vigran ... Guard
Hank Stohl Hank Stohl ... Assistant Director
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Storyline

A thirteen year-old bed wetter runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him. He races to get there before any of his friends pass the house. This enforced training prepares him to become a competitive runner. The script, by Michael Landon, is autobiographical. Written by Frank Wallace

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A magányos futó See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Although the film is fictional and not literally autobiographical, it is based on some of Michael Landon's own experiences. He wet the bed as a teenager and lived with an extremely unstable, mentally ill mother and an indifferent father, who had a very volatile marriage. Consequently, he and his sister, had a very difficult and traumatic childhood which affected him his whole life. See more »

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This film was very personal for me
1 January 2011 | by pek1134-938-123830See all my reviews

When I saw this film I was both horrified and encouraged. I was horrified because, at the time, I was a teen bed wetter myself and sitting with the family watching this made me feel very embarrassed. No one said anything to me about it, but I was very self-conscious and uncomfortable. At the same time, I was very encouraged that, finally, I knew that I wasn't the only teen with that problem. My folks weren't as negative to me about my bed wetting as the mother depicted in the film, but they made me feel that I was an embarrassment to them as it was the "big family secret" that was always referred to as "Paul's problem." It took many years before I was able to build up a decent level of self-esteem, and this film helped me along the way. I hope parents today are more aware of how teen bed wetting can affect a kid's entire life; perhaps we need more films like this.


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