Thursday's Child (1983 film)

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Thursday's Child
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GenreTeen drama
Based onThursday's Child novel by Victoria Poole
Written by Gwen Bagni-Dubov
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Starring Rob Lowe
Gena Rowlands
Don Murray
Music by Lee Holdridge
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers Gregory Harrison
Franklin R. Levy
Ronald Parker
Producer Peter Katz
Cinematography Charles F. Wheeler
Editor J. Terry Williams
Running time100 minutes
Production companiesCatalina Productions
Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Viacom Productions
Distributor CBS
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio format Mono
Original release
  • February 1, 1983 (1983-02-01)

Thursday's Child is a 1983 American made-for-television drama film starring Rob Lowe, Gena Rowlands and Don Murray, directed by David Lowell Rich and based on the book by Victoria Poole.



Sam Alden is the 17-year-old high school star player in football who seems to have it all. However, his family notices that he is often bothered with fits of coughing. Worried, his parents decide to take him to the hospital, where they are shocked to find out that he has a life-threatening heart disease. Sam has trouble dealing with his illness, but he pretends to still be a joyful teenager to not have his parents worrying even more than they already do. His health is deteriorating, though, and it is eventually revealed that he needs a heart transplant if he wants to survive. This is the beginning of a long journey, which is mentally and physically exhausting. Sam has countless operations, and tests. The search for a donor seems endless to him. Even before the final operation, Sam is forced to deal with several setbacks in his life.



For Rob Lowe, this film meant his official introduction to the screen. [1] The film was shot in 1982 and slated to premier in December 1982. However, it was postponed two times (because of the death of Sam Poole, the real "Sam Alden", around Christmas, 1982) and it eventually premiered in February 1983. [2]

The film was generally well received and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Lowe was nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Gena Rowlands in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

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  1. Review Summary The New York Times
  2. Synopsis Variety