Something for Joey

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Something for Joey
Something for Joey.jpg
Directed by Lou Antonio
Produced by Jerry McNeely
Written by Jerry McNeely
Starring Geraldine Page
Marc Singer
Music by David Shire
Distributed by NBC
Release dates
  • 1977 (1977)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English

Something for Joey was a 1977 made-for-TV movie (sports/family/true-life dramatization) about the relationship between college football player John Cappelletti (portrayed by Marc Singer), and his younger brother Joey (Jeff Lynas). Other cast members included Linda Kelsey and Steve Guttenberg. It appeared on the NBC television network, later repeating on NBC and CBS.


Joey battled leukemia since the age of three, and was one of the first children to undergo chemotherapy for the disease. The story traces John through his years at Penn State seeking the Heisman Trophy, and Joey his preteens, as each brother inspires the other, and their family around them, to try harder in life.

John wins the Heisman during a downturn in Joey's illness. During his acceptance speech, John names Joey as his prime motivator, then gradually breaks down in tears, as he tells everyone he wants Joey to have his trophy, for inspiring him and for enduring so much difficulty with leukemia. The whole Cappelletti family is there, and Joey runs to John's side.

The film ends by revealing Joey succumbed to his leukemia and died with John by his side on April 8, 1976.

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The movie was adapted from a best-selling biography of the brothers, and was well presented and well received. It also appeared later on home video.


The film was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy and Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay at the Emmy Awards, as well as for the Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Made for TV in 1978.

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