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Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (1991)

A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

Director:

Michael Ray Rhodes

Writers:

Jill Ireland (book), Audrey Davis Levin (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Jill Ireland
Lance Henriksen ... Charles Bronson
Neill Barry ... Jason McCallum
Lila Kaye ... Dorothy, Jill's mother
Jack Gwillim ... Jill's father
Elizabeth Ashley ... Vicky
Jimmy McNichol ... Valentine McCallum
Clint Allen Clint Allen ... Paul McCallum
Ian Patrick Williams
Byron Allen ... Self (TV interviewer)
Sarah Lundy Sarah Lundy ... Zuleika, Jason's sister
Jeff Austin ... Dr. Hynes
Zoe Trilling ... Sydney
Liane Curtis ... Lori
Dierk Torsek Dierk Torsek ... Dr. Horden
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A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

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Disappointing story of an incredible woman
6 December 2006 | by VerauSee all my reviews

I was very disappointed in this movie for the same reasons the two reviewers above gave. Jill Clayburgh was just terribly miscast as Jill Ireland. It distracted me throughout the movie. While Ms. Ireland's real-life struggle to save her adopted son from drug addiction was admirable, eventually I started hoping for her son to hurry up and O.D. and get it over with it already, instead of having to watch the plot wander through the same territory again and again. It was difficult to work up much sympathy for him. I know that frequent relapses are symptomatic of drug use, but the movie had an obligation to entertain as well as inform. Unfortunately, it didn't do either very well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Lines See more »

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Mono

Color:

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1.33 : 1
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