Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)

Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)

Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC | 16:9 | 720x480 | 5200 kbps | 4.4Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps
01:48:00 | USA | Drama

A trumpet player, self-destructive after the death of his wife and child in a fire, befriends a crippled youngster and together they battle obstacles through each other's encouragement.

Director: Joseph C. Hanwright
Cast: Burt Young, Bobby Cassidy, Doug McKeon, Madge Sinclair, Jason Bernard, Bert Remsen, Allan Rich, Martin Beck, Anthony Caldarella

Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)

Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)


I am flabbergasted that more people haven't appreciated this movie, out of the 45 who've voted on it. I am a musician, so I am a little biased, but I am giving it a ten also because it ranks as one of few movies that reach a heart wrenching finale that is meaningful and uplifting at the same time. I found it very worthwhile after seeing it to its conclusion. Why the poor scores? I guess those who are looking for something to nitpick over, like the cinematography, the pacing, or any one of a dozen film business quality areas, could certainly find ample points to take issue with. But come on people, this is a drama, not an action movie. It has tremendous heart. Drama's with heart that deliver a punch are not all that abundant, especially in this world of cynics.

The acting is at times, but not always, excellent, and the story delivers and is worth the wait, for those who can endure along with the characters.

If you like jazz, if you are a musician or are interested in a great movie about being one, or if you want to watch a movie that can inspire one to overcome difficulties and helping one another, especially if you or those close to you have mental or physical challenges that set them behind, you will find the triumph explored here is heartwarming indeed.

The movie compares to another one, called The Mighty, who IMDb members rated 7.2. Given the budget of that movie, compared with this one, and the time period difference, I think this is one of the more underrated movies on this web site.

Your patience will pay off!
~ jesussaddle

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Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)

Uncle Joe Shannon (1978)


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