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Hollywood

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Celebrity

Little Nikita

My Own Private Idaho

Jerry Hardin

Malibu

Paul Wendkos

William Hanley

Jeffie Crawford

Peter Nelson

Ned Beatty

James Whitmore Jr.

Mackenzie Crawford

Susan French

Michael Beck

T.J. Luther

Joseph Bottoms

Ben Masters

Kleber Cantrell

Clifford Casey

Tess Harper

Karen Austin

Ceil Shannon

Otto Leo

Dinah Manoff

Missy Craymore

Jennifer Warren

Martha Dalton

Hal Holbrook

Calvin Sledge

Bonnie Bartlett

Mabel Hofmeyer

Anne Haney

Rhonda Dotson
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
American EnglishEn Français

Celebrity

Released By:NBC
Year:1984
Director:Paul Wendkos
Screenplay:William Hanley



Michael Beck
as T.J. Luther


Joseph Bottoms
as Mack Crawford


Ben Masters
as Kleber Cantrell


James Whitmore
as Clifford Casey


Tess Harper
as Susan French


Karen Austin
as Ceil Shannon


Ned Beatty
as Otto Leo


Dinah Manoff
as Missy Craymore


Jennifer Warren
as Martha Dalton


Hal Holbrook
as Calvin Sledge


Bonnie Bartlett
as Mabel Hofmeyer


Anne Haney
as Millie


Rhonda Dotson
as Sister Crystal


Peter Nelson
as Jeffie Crawford


"There's not a thing on Earth that I can name,
so foolish and so false as common fame.
"

Despite being nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award after it was first aired, the made-for-television movie Celebrity has long since been forgotten and cast aside in the wilderness of television history. Little Nikita co-star Jerry Hardin can be spotted in an early television appearance but other than that, none of the stars of this movie went on to notable success.

All except one of them that is.

No one could have known that one of these performers was destined to become an international Hollywood super-star. Fame and fortune were indeed but a couple of years away. With such a large number of cast members, no one could have possibly foreseen that the individual in question would in fact be the little boy on the beach building sandcastles.

After the temporary derailing of his new career as a result of the cancellation after just one season of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, River would get back on track after winning the part of eleven-year-old Jeffie Crawford in this, his very first TV-movie.

River's character would become central to the bizarre and suspenseful movie plot but he would be seen on screen for a matter of only ten minutes or so before the story would leap forward seven years whereupon the character of a much older Jeffie would be taken over by Peter Nelson.

Nevertheless, it is for River to initiate one of the story's key plot-lines. Whilst staying in Malibu, Jeffie unexpectedly returns from the beach and discovers his father making love to another man.

Make no mistake about it, this production is certainly no My Own Private Idaho. Filmed in the mid-eighties, the director would choose to simply let a hand resting on a shoulder indicate what was about to happen. It is quite remarkable just how things would change so quickly in only six years....

When his mother returns home, she immediately senses something is not right. "What's wrong? What's happened?" she asks, very concerned. By now though, River has no more lines left in the script. He doesn't need any - his expression alone quickly conveys his characters' innermost feelings to the audience. Just like it would always do.


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