Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Medical Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
  • AllMovie Rating
    5
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Share on

Alex: The Life of a Child is based on the true story of Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford and his dying 8-year-old daughter Alex. Craig T. Nelson plays Deford and Gennie James is Alex, both of whom come to grips in different ways with Alex's fatal cystic fibrosis. A subplot involves the torment of Deford's wife (Bonnie Bedelia), who wonders whether she should adopt a child after Alex's death in 1980. Alex: The Life of a Child is effective, but not as well made as its subject matter deserves. Better examples of this particular TV-movie genre include Death be Not Proud (75), based on author John Gunther's recollections of his son's struggle against a degenerative brain tumor, and Mary White (77) the story of a personal tragedy in the life of Kansas journalist William Allen White.

Characteristics

Keywords

child, daughter, death-in-family, family-illness, ghost, life, terminal-illness, victim