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Touched by Love (1980)

A young nurse becomes determined to reach an unresponsive teenage cerebral palsy patient by encouraging her to write to her favorite rock singer, Elvis Presley.

Director:

Gus Trikonis

Writers:

Lena Canada (based on the book by: "To Elvis With Love"), Hesper Anderson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Raffin ... Lena Canada
Diane Lane ... Karen
Michael Learned ... Dr. Bell
John Amos ... Tony
Cristina Raines ... Amy
Mary Wickes ... Margaret
Clu Gulager ... Don Fielder
Twyla-Dawn Vokins Twyla-Dawn Vokins ... Monica (as Twyla Volkins)
Clive Shalom Clive Shalom ... Topper - Child
Jason Bates Jason Bates ... Child
Joseph John Bondok Joseph John Bondok ... Child
Beverly Chapman Beverly Chapman ... Child
Jennifer Collins Jennifer Collins ... Child
Cathy Corns Cathy Corns ... Child
Rhonda De Jong Rhonda De Jong ... Child
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Storyline

A young nurse becomes determined to reach an unresponsive teenage cerebral palsy patient by encouraging her to write to her favorite rock singer, Elvis Presley.

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Taglines:

A true story. A courageous story. A love story that will touch you forever.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Elvis, con amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Films, Dove See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

The original broadcast title was "To Elvis, With Love" but the name was changed to "Touched By Love" for the reruns. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just prior to the closing credits, this dedication appears on-screen:

This film is dedicated to Lena for her gift of love and conviction... To Karen for courage and determination... To Elvis Presley for his compassion and ability to spread joy. And, above all, to all the Karens everywhere who may need a friend to say "I care"...a friend like you. See more »

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Teddy Bear
Written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe
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Hard to swallow True Story
17 May 2003 | by DonofriofanSee all my reviews

This film, starring a young Diane Lane is a film made after Elvis Presley's death. Supported by the Elvis, Inc, this movie tells the story of a girl with Cerebral Palsey who becomes Elvis' pen pal and he actually returns her letters. He also showers her with gifts and gives her his private address to write back. This movie is not really about Elvis, but rather about a girl who struggles to do everyday tasks that we all take for granted and a caring nurse who never sways from her belief in "Karen" (played by Diane Lane). Also featuring Michael Learned (of "The Walton's" fame) and John Amos (of "Good Times"), this is a moving film and despite it's undisguised attempts to pull at the audience's heart strings, shows a side of Elvis Presley rarely seen, that of compassionate friend to a very sick girl.


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