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The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977)

Just before a championship basketball tournament, a teenage athlete learns that he has leukemia.


Gilbert Moses


Peter S. Beagle, Don Robertson (novel)


Credited cast:
Jimmie Walker ... Morris Bird III
James Earl Jones ... Morris Bird, Jr.
Debbie Allen ... Julie Sutton
Tamu Blackwell Tamu Blackwell ... Sandra Bird (as Tamu)
Valerie Curtin ... Miss Goldfarb
Kevin Hooks ... Hoover Sissle
Sorrell Booke ... Samuelson
William Traylor William Traylor ... Coach
Darrell Zwerling ... Dr. Brimson
Sam Laws ... Horton
Harry Caesar ... Bonner
S. Pearl Sharp S. Pearl Sharp ... Aunt Edythe (as Saundra Sharp)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Aberlin
Steve Doubet
Anson Downes Anson Downes
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Just before a championship basketball tournament, a teenage athlete learns that he has leukemia.

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Jimmie Walker As You've Never Seen Him Before! A Hot-Shot High School Basketball Star With So Much to Live For and So Little Time Left. See more »


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A very poignant, interesting story
5 June 2000 | by chris-636See all my reviews

A story that I found interesting and comedian Jimmie Walker's only dramatic performance ever is a true classic worth watching!! Additional cast members multi-talented Debbie Allen, Tamu, Kevin Hooks and the man himself James Earl Jones helped make this movie memorable.

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Release Date:

26 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tuskien taival See more »

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