Thursday's Child (1983 film)

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Thursday's Child
Thursday's Child DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Written by Victoria Poole (book)
Gwen Bagni
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Starring Rob Lowe
Gena Rowlands
Don Murray
Theme music composer Lee Holdridge
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Peter Katz
Editor(s) J. Terry Williams
Cinematography Charles F. Wheeler
Running time 100 minutes
Original network CBS
Original release
  • February 1, 1983 (1983-02-01)

Thursday's Child is a 1983 television film directed by David Lowell Rich, based on the book by Victoria Poole.


Sam Alden is the 17-year-old high school star player in baseball who seems to have it all. However, his family notices that he is often bothered with fits of coughing. Worried, his parents decide to take him to the hospital, where they are shocked to find out that he has a life-threatening heart disease. Sam has trouble dealing with his illness, but he pretends to still be a joyful teenager to not have his parents worrying even more than they already do. His health is deteriorating, though, and it is eventually revealed that he needs a heart transplant if he wants to survive. This is the beginning of a long and a both mentally and physically exhausting journey including countless operations, tests, and search for donors. Even before the final operation, Sam is forced to deal with several setbacks in his life.



For Rob Lowe, this film meant his official introduction to the screen.[1] The film was shot in 1982 and slated to premier in December 1982. However, it was postponed two times (because of the death of Sam Poole, the real "Sam Alden", around Christmas, 1982) and it eventually premiered in February 1983.[2]

The film was generally well received and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Lowe was nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Gena Rowlands in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.


  1. ^ Review Summary The New York Times
  2. ^ Synopsis Variety

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