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 Kraft
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Alan Landsburg
Bernard Sofronski
Producer(s) Mel Stuart
Cinematography Mike Fash
Editor(s) George Hively
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Alan Landsburg Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • December 22, 1981 (1981-12-22)

Bill is a 1981 American made-for-television biographical drama film starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid based on the life of Bill Sackter. The film was broadcast on CBS on December 22, 1981.

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 mother 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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