Bill (1981 film)

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Genre Biography
Written by Corey Blechman
Story by Barry Morrow
Directed by Anthony Page
Starring Mickey Rooney
Dennis Quaid
Largo Woodruff
Anna Maria Horsford
Harry Goz
Theme music composer William Humeke
William Kraft
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Mel Stuart
Editor(s) George Hively
Cinematography Mike Fash
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Alan Landsburg Productions
Distributor CBS
Original channel CBS
Original release
  • December 22, 1981 (1981-12-22)

Bill is a 1981 CBS TV movie starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid. The film is based on the life of Bill Sackter. A sequel, Bill: On His Own, was released in 1983.


Bill is a man with mental retardation in his 60s. He ventures out into the world for the first time after spending most of his life at Grandville, a dreary inner city institution in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since age seven (when his parents sent him there). Bill is taken in by a kind family and learns what it means to love for the first time in his life.

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