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Hail and Farewell 

A 12-year-old boy discovers that he can't grow up. He later turns this bizarre affliction into sort of a lonely profession.

Director:

Allan Kroeker

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Josh Saviano ... Willie
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Old Woman
Trevor McArthur Trevor McArthur ... The Bully (as Trevor McCarthy)
Mary Day Mary Day ... Charlotte
Christine MacInnis Christine MacInnis ... Charlotte's Mother (as Christine McInnis)
Judith Haynes Judith Haynes ... Emma Webley
Frank C. Turner ... John Webley
Mark Parr Mark Parr ... Tiny Tim
Frank Bueckert Frank Bueckert ... Ice Cream Man
Ann Allen Ann Allen ... Little Woman
Chad Cole Chad Cole ... Big Kid, Orphanage
Joel Dacks Joel Dacks ... 2nd Kid, Orphanage
Donovan Workun ... Bully's Sidekick

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Willie, a 12-year-old boy, discovers that he can't grow up. For 40 years he puts his strange nature to use by becoming a son to couples who have lost their children. As he prepares to move on once more, Willie tells his story to his newest parents. Written by Gislef

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Willie: The time of going away again. The hands of all the clocks in this town have moved around, for everyone but me. Folks are sensing they should be seeing a summer in me. But I will only ever be in spring.
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The Peter Pan Principle
28 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Willie is a boy who doesn't seem to fit in with his peers. He never seems to grow and so they torment him. One day he is chased home by he usual bullies and the next day announces to what seem to be his parents that it is time for him to leave. Well, the thing is that for fifty odd years he has never aged. He is forever a boy, looking the same, sounding the same. In flashback, we see the first person who loved him and took care of him. She is an older lady whose husband has just died. She takes him in. When she dies, he is on his own and this begins the process of finding people he can make happy. This is a subtle, quiet portrayal of life for a person who lives to do good with little reward. Nice, sentimental episode.


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30 September 1989 (France) See more »

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