Leave Yesterday Behind (1978)

TV Movie   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Paul was injured while playing polo. He then learns that he is paralyzed from the waist down. Feeling despondent, he decides to go to his grandfather's ranch. He meets Marnie a horse ... See full summary »


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15 January 2020 | thehappychuckler
| Great Emotional TV Movie
John Ritter puts in a great performance as Paul Stallings who is a polo player. During one game he is thrown from his horse and after the game found to be injured. He must deal with the life-changing realization that he is in fact paralyzed from the waist down. He decides he should visit his grandfather's (Buddy Ebson) farm. There he meets Marnie Clarkson (Carrie Fisher) who they start a friendship that soon blossoms into something more.

It is the performances that makes this late-70s TV movie great. Not only is Ritter great, but so is Carrie Fisher (who was just off her most famous role as Princess Leia in STAR WARS the year earlier). She really shows she had an ability to act in serious material, much like Ritter does here, too. The chemistry between the two is very good as well and believable. Buddy Ebsen is great as Ritter's doctor grandfather. Very nice to see him in a serious role after all I think I have ever seen him in was old BEVERLY HILLBILLIES reruns. Robert Urich also plays Fisher's boyfriend with plans of marriage.

Really to me a great movie, sadly has been forgotten with three leading actors that left us too soon. Might even get the tears coming in certain spots.

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