• tlh82bl824 March 2004
    This movie has had a huge impact on my life.
    Warning: Spoilers
    *SPOILERS* I remember watching this movie, Right to Die. The woman had basically become a prisoner inside her own body and she wanted to die. This movie had a serious impact on my life back in 1987. My Mom was like the main character in the movie; a prisoner inside of her own body, except my Mom was this way for 22 years. To explain; (If you are still reading this) my Mom had a brain aneurism May 18th, 1982 which left her parapalegic. She had to have extensive parts of her brain removed due to damage from the aneurism. This left her unable to speak or walk. Her motor skills were limited and it took great effort on her part to complete even very simple tasks like scratching her nose or rubbing her eye. She was a remarkable woman to endure this for 22 years of her life. Back to the movie that I watched so many years ago...in the end of the movie it shows the woman, after she had passed on, smiling and running through sprinklers in the sunshine. It has again impacted my life now that my Mom has passed away, because, I think back to the end of the movie. I can picture my Mom running through sprinklers in a field of daisies with the sunshine and a great big smile on her face. She is forever free of the torture and imprisonment she had to withstand here on this earth. So, if you have read this all the way to here...Thanks! Please enjoy your life and live every single day to the fullest and love those around you to the fullest...because they just may not be here tomorrow.
  • stevenroberts-539999 September 2016
    10/10
    Very moving
    OK, so it wasn't the Titanic or some other blockbuster but I have to disagree with the previous poster who said Raquel shouldn't have been cast. I thought she handled the role amazingly well and both Michael and Raquel were very good. There was a woman who played a nurse that had played Isaiah's wife in Little House on the Prairie (I'm pretty sure it was "Grace")that also was very good with opposing views to right to die. Well worth a watch and food for thought. Very much of a tearjerker, you will want a bowl of ice cream, a blanket on the couch and a big box of tissues. The poster who talked about her Mom running through a sprinkler is how I would like to remember my Mom. Thank you, poster, for the beautiful visual.
  • moonspinner5513 March 2009
    4/10
    Certainly well-intentioned, but not especially well-made or well-cast...
    Raquel Welch, teaching psychology in the first scene of the TV-movie "Right to Die", looks as out of place at the chalkboard as she would be performing brain surgery or landing a jumbo jet. She's obviously a beautiful, talented woman, but her range is limited--and a Raquel Welch without sauciness or pizazz is an automatic disappointment. Once you get the message that Rocky is going the Serious Thespian route here, diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and wasting away without actually dying, the picture becomes an arduous journey. Michael Gross, as Welch's helpless husband, is saddled with a rather hopeless task: portraying the angry spouse who loves the woman he used to know, berating her after she loses her oxygen tube and calls him for help (what should have been an intense, ugly scene is sentimentalized for us so that we don't feel any less for this man--but who's the victim here?). Veteran director Paul Wendkos probably thought he was doing first-rate dramatic work but, with Welch's casting, the movie feels like a stunt, an unconvincing one designed to win awards. This worthy subject matter isn't treated gingerly--there are some fairly strong scenes--but Wendkos is too preoccupied with rosy trimmings. As a result, "Right to Die" becomes an actors' showcase which fails to showcase the actors to their proper advantage.