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Door to Door (2002)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 14 July 2002
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A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman.

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Steven Schachter
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Bill Porter
Kyra Sedgwick ... Shelly Soomky Brady
Kathy Baker ... Gladys Sullivan
Joel Brooks ... Alan
Woody Jeffreys ... Brad
Nancy Lenehan
Romy Rosemont ... Rhoda
Eric Keenleyside ... Neighbor Bob
Daryl Shuttleworth ... Larry
Helen Mirren ... Mrs. Porter
Bill Dow ... Chuck
Michael Shanks ... John
Michael P. Northey ... Go Away Guy
Laurie Murdoch ... Older Joey / Reporter
G. Patrick Currie G. Patrick Currie ... 1st Bellman
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Storyline

Bill Porter, a man afflicted with cerebral palsy, is desperate to find a job despite his condition. He uses his sense of humor, determination and winning spirit to convince a manager to hire him as a door-to-door salesman for Watkins, a supplier of household items and baking products. Porter walks several miles every day on his sales route, eventually working his way into the hearts of his customers. This film is based on a true story. Written by Jwelch5742

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Official Sites:

Turner Network Television

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USA | Canada

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English

Release Date:

14 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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De puerta en puerta See more »

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Bill Porter, the real-life pitchman who spent his working life selling door-to-door despite having severe cerebral palsy, and who served as the inspiration for this film portrait, died in Gresham, Oregon on December 9, 2013 at age 81. See more »

Goofs

When Shelly is stepping into the shower you can see her brown bathing suit bottoms. See more »

Quotes

Gladys Sullivan: Oh, I'm sorry, I put a little vodka in there. Is it too much for you?
Bill Porter: [handing back the orange juice] I probably shouldn't. I walk like a drunken sailor as it is.
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Crazy Credits

For tough cleaning problems, contact Bill Porter at www.billporter.com See more »

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Version of Door to Door (2009) See more »

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Why Do Fools Fall In Love
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Excellent acting and incredible inspiring story
8 December 2004 | by chewybachSee all my reviews

The hardest part for me was getting through each sucessive turmoil in the main characters life. If this doesn't make you see how much you take for granted then nothing will. Bill Porter is a story that's worth telling and done so in a manner that was entirely compelling. Not only was the flick a tear jerker but a real valuable lesson on why people need to be given respect no matter how hard they may have it in life. Respect is most definitely the most important part of a person's life. Persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds make's the challenge all the more rewarding.

You know there's a bunch of talk nowadays about how decadent a culture we have become and how the liberalism of the 60's was a failure. I find the fact that some people really came to like and trust such a decent man as Bill Porter a reflection on the good that does come when people care just as much about their community as they do themselves. No matter who they are or how wrong they may seem in the eyes of society they respected Bill. We live in a world where the only concern has become preservation of wealth, while in many respects preservation of community and peace has slipped by the wayside. This movie in many ways is a wake up call to care for one another, to love thy neighbor and give people the chance to succeed.

This movie reminds us of the things that truly matter in life, such as empathy,respect, patience and humor. Sometimes we all need to think like Bill Porter and put our best foot forward even in the face of ignorance and suffering. It's not so much a question of doing good only for reward but of doing something/anything rather then quitting when odds are that you will lose the fight. Not giving in to that feeling is what makes "Door to Door" such an incredible success for anybody that cares to listen to the messege of the film. In forcing yourself to see the world through Bill's eyes you grow to respect him as a individual person that in his mind is not disabled in anyway not just because he thinks so but because he does so by lifting everyone he encounters in his life up to his altitude. Attitude is 95% of the battle and Bill proves himself a winner in life by winning that battle despite a course that is fraught with obstacles that you or me may never encounter. Thank you Bill Porter.


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