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The Father and the Bear (2016)

| Drama | July 2016 (USA)
A retired character actor with diagnosed dementia, longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time.

Director:

John Putch

Writer:

John Putch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wil Love ... Byron Temple
David DeLuise ... Bill
Dendrie Taylor ... Diane
Charity Farrell ... Lefty
Ray Ficca Ray Ficca ... JimmyRoy
Alicia Fusting ... Sara
Catherine Blaine Catherine Blaine ... Catherine
Carl Schurr Carl Schurr ... Harve
Ed Gotwalt ... Ralph
Kevin M. Horton ... Storch
Katrina Yaukey Katrina Yaukey ... Bonnie
Dan Poole ... Thomas
Jamie Rose ... Joyce Redman
Robert Picardo ... Charlie
Paris Peet Paris Peet ... Judge Bender
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Storyline

Byron Temple, a retired character actor (Wil Love) with diagnosed dementia, longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time. Against his daughter's wishes (Dendrie Taylor), he accepts a role from the newly installed artistic director of the playhouse (David Deluise) who is unaware of Byron's condition. Through the sheer humanity and cleverness of the staff and cast of the show, Byron is able to sail through the one night performance of the play to resounding success. It is a story about kindness, fathers and their children. Written by Putchfilms, Inc.

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It was a night to remember.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA

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PutchFilms See more »
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Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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A heartfelt, yet somewhat amusing and whimsical life story.
25 April 2017 | by lenkachmarSee all my reviews

A great movie with great acting and a very moving story line, especially if you know the theatrical history of John Putch and his career. This movie is an excellent portrayal of live theater and what it means to the people involved, its ups and downs, a fictional account, yet interspersed with actual footage and memories of the Totem Pole Playhouse, where John's life and career had their roots. I can truly say it will make you laugh and cry. The music and photography were also excellent, especially considering it is an indie film. I highly recommend it for the whole family.


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