The supposed true story of Shirley MacLaine's experience with a spiritual awakening.
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1987  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Shirley MacLaine ...  Shirley MacLaine 2 episodes, 1987
Charles Dance ...  Gerry Stamford 2 episodes, 1987
John Heard ...  David Manning 2 episodes, 1987
Anne Jackson ...  Bella Abzug 2 episodes, 1987
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Shirley MacLaine plays herself in this TV mini-series based on her autobiographical best-seller which delves into her new age beliefs and its effects on her personal and public lives. John Heard portrays a composite role of her many spiritual and personal advisors. Written by Keath <keath@webtv.net>

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English

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18 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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Out on a Limb See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Shirley MacLaine: I can't go to your event with you.
Bella Abzug: Why not?
Shirley MacLaine: Because I'm going to South America to look for extraterrestrials.
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A 234-minute special collector's edition is also available. See more »

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Unusual TV
19 November 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine in 1987 had the skill and courage to both write and star in a supposed autobiographical miniseries delineating her spiritual journey.

Such topics as guides, reincarnation, and self discovery are plunged into with abandon by MacLaine. Having read her book upon which this script is based, I appreciate her creativity, imagination, and tenacity to bring this challenging project to fruition.

What I don't readily grasp is the volume of unique metaphysical occurrences that the heroine is alleged to have had. For one example: an extended car ride in the dead of night at top speed, down a narrow forest trail while dodging trees right and left--with none but "spirit" operating the vehicle.

While it makes for dramatic tv, it does stimulate wonder as to where actual facts leave off and creative writing begins. As for many profound questionings tackled, these touch us all and are part of the human spiritual quest.

Many viewers, however, may lack an intense interest in this subject to stick with it throughout its lengthy two-part running time. Those who do may well be rewarded with an intriguing introduction into New Age philosophy.


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