The Bridge of Adam Rush (1974)

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Set in rural America in the year 1801, this ABC Afterschool Special is, according to producer Daniel Wilson, a universal fable of a boy "experiencing the joy of working with his hands to create something of use and value." Born and raised in the civilized confines of Philadelphia, 12-year-old Adam Rush (Lance Kerwin) is resentful when his mother remarries and his stepfather relocates the family to the boondocks. Grudgingly, Adam tries to adjust to his new, harsher lifestyle, and incidentally to prove his worth to his stepdad. Things come to a head as Adam and his "new" father team up to build a small but very necessary bridge on their property.