Special People: Based on a True Story (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Canada, USA  |  
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Special People: Based on a True Story is the TV-movie saga of Toronto's Famous People Players, a theatrical troupe comprised principally of mentally handicapped young adults. Brooke Adams stars as a novice social worker who dreams up the concept of the Famous People Players and struggles to bring the organization to fruition. Though she has little practical experience, Adams has plenty of drive and ambition, qualities which she is able to transfer to her handicapped actors. Treating her charges as professionals rather than children, Adams manages to mount a complex puppet show, which premieres as part of a Liberace concert. Liberace plays himself in the Canadian-filmed Special People, as do seven members of the real-life Famous People Players.

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theater-troupe, handicap, mental-retardation, social-worker, woman, puppet [doll]