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Unnatural Causes (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 November 1986
Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits ... See full summary »

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Stephen Doran (story), Martin M. Goldstein (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Frank Coleman
Alfre Woodard ... Maude DeVictor
Patti LaBelle ... Jeanette Thompson
John Vargas ... Fernando 'Nando' Sanchez
Frederick Allen Frederick Allen ... Kid
Richard Anthony Crenna Richard Anthony Crenna ... Soldier
Jonathan Welsh Jonathan Welsh ... Dr. Lester
Luba Goy ... Rena
John Sayles ... Lloyd
Roger Steffens ... Golub
Richard Yearwood ... Vincent
Dee McCafferty ... Eddie
Leslie Carlson ... Bob (as Les Carlson)
Eugene Clark ... Roberts
Ernest Perry Jr. Ernest Perry Jr. ... Hand
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Storyline

Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits counselor who teams up with Coleman to fight a lopsided batted against the bureaucratic system for its cover up of the possible dangers of Agent Orange. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent Orange See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(without end titles) |

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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opening title scroll: From 1962 to 1971 more than three million Americans served in Vietnam. Tens of thousands of these vets feel they suffered life threatening injuries due to the spraying of poisonous herbicides. One woman, Maude DeVictor, worked with many Chicago veterans and brought her grievances to public awareness.
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Forgotten Movie Well Worth Watching
13 March 2007 | by matthewccannonSee all my reviews

What a moving movie. I watched this as a Huge fan of Patti Labelle. What I got to my pleasant surprise was a well written moving made for TV movie. Alfre Woodard was the central figure of the movie. She was stunning and her portrayal was true to life and why she didn't get more recognition for her role in this movie stuns me. She accurately portrays real life events in a way that could not have been done better. I cried at the end when she is informed that Ritter's character was dead. Patti Labelle makes cameo's and I felt could have been a more pivotal role none the less I was glad to see her in this movie. It is one that I would recommend to everyone as there is something for everyone in this movie. I would say that this is a gem that was neglected and forgotten great movie. Have the tissues ready you will need them !!! Again Alfre Woodard was well underrated performance, John Ritter may have had the star power but without her the movie would be nothing. She caries it threw from beginning to end.


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