A Shining Season (1979)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Timothy Bottoms stars as the real-life John Baker in the made-for-TV A Shining Season. A champion University of New Mexico track athlete, the 25-year-old Baker is only momentarily halted when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. His efforts to coach a losing girls' track team in his last months proves an inspiration for the sports world in general, and for a similarly doomed child in particular. Adapted by William Harrison from the book by William Buchanan, this film was first telecast the day after Christmas, 1979.

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athlete, track [track and field], cancer, struggle, coach, team, champion