Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on several actual case histories, Unnatural Causes stars John Ritter as a Vietnam veteran dying of Agent Orange poisoning. Alfre Woodard co-stars as real-life V.A. administration benefits counselor Maude DeVictor. Battling against official denials and bureaucratic red tape, Ms. DeVictor is finally able to expose the dangers of Agent Orange, and to assure full compensation for victims like Ritter (whose character is a composite). Featured in the cast are singer Patti LaBelle and Richard Anthony Crenna, son of veteran character actor Richard Crenna. Written for television by John Sayles (Return of the Secaucus Seven), Unnatural Causes was first telecast November 10, 1986.
Agent-Orange, chemical-warfare, Vietnam, against-the-system, bureaucracy, cancer, terminal-illness