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Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (1991)

A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

Director:

Michael Ray Rhodes

Writers:

Jill Ireland (book), Audrey Davis Levin (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Jill Ireland
Lance Henriksen ... Charles Bronson
Neill Barry ... Jason McCallum
Lila Kaye ... Dorothy, Jill's mother
Jack Gwillim ... Jill's father
Elizabeth Ashley ... Vicky
Jimmy McNichol ... Valentine McCallum
Clint Allen Clint Allen ... Paul McCallum
Ian Patrick Williams
Byron Allen ... Himself (TV interviewer)
Sarah Lundy Sarah Lundy ... Zuleika, Jason's sister
Jeff Austin ... Dr. Hynes
Zoe Trilling ... Sydney
Liane Curtis ... Lori
Dierk Torsek Dierk Torsek ... Dr. Horden
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A Made-for-TV movie, this film follows the struggle the late famous actress Jill Ireland had not only with her cancer but with her very troubled and drug-addicted adoptive son, Jason McCallum.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Lines See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jill Clayburgh Gives a Good Performance
22 October 2011 | by dennisleeclevenSee all my reviews

Jill Clayburgh may not look like Jill Ireland, but I do feel she was good as a mother with a son addicted to heroin. Jill Clayburgh is a fine actress and she is at the center of this film along with Neill Barry who is her troubled adopted son. The facts of addiction are realistically portrayed. I was taken back that no mention was made that the adopted son was from a marriage to David McCallum. It was not until looking up information on Jill Ireland that I learned of the adopted son being from Jill Ireland's son from a marriage prior to her marriage to Charles Bronson. I found that to be an annoying gap in this film. Elizabeth Ashley was a real asset to this film. Because this was a TV film, I am giving it seven stars for a realistic portrayal of heroin addiction and the fine performances by Jill Clayburgh, Neill Barry, and Elizabeth Ashley. Though, I must say, Jill Clayburgh did struggle with a British accent. I can overlook that fact.


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