Act of Love (1980 film)

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Act of Love
Based onAct of Love: The Killing of George Zygmanik
by Judith Paige Mitchell
Screenplay byMichael de Guzman
Directed byJud Taylor
StarringRon Howard
Robert Foxworth
Mickey Rourke
David Spielberg
Jacqueline Brookes
Music byBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerGerald W. Abrams
ProducersBruce J. Sallan
Ervin Zavada (supervising producer)
CinematographyMichael D. Margulies
EditorGregory Prange
Running time104 minutes
Production companiesCypress Point Productions
Paramount Television
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • September 24, 1980 (1980-09-24)

Act of Love is a 1980 American made-for-television film adaptation of the book Act of Love: The Killing of George Zygmanik by Judith Paige Mitchell. It is based on a true story.[1]

It was directed by Jud Taylor and written for screen by Michael De Guzman. It stars Ron Howard,[2] Robert Foxworth, Mickey Rourke, David Spielberg and Jacqueline Brookes. Film also features Married... with Children star David Faustino. The score was composed by Billy Goldenberg.[3]

The story concerns a man performing euthanasia on his paralyzed brother.[4][5]

It was the sixth most-watched prime time television program in the United States for the week of its debut in September 1980.[6]


  1. ^ "Act of Love (1980)".
  2. ^ (20 March 1980). Howard will star in movie for NBC, San Bernardino Sun (Associated Press story), p. B-13
  3. ^ Gray, Beverly. Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and Beyond, p. 247 (2003)
  4. ^ Gitlin, Todd. Inside Prime Time, p. 150 (2d ed. 1994)
  5. ^ (21 September 1980). Behind the Scenes, The Journal (Ogdensburg, New York) (pdf p. 47) (brief interview with Mary Kay Place)
  6. ^ (1 October 1980). NBC Again Tops Week's Rating Race, Reno Gazette-Journal (23.4 rating, or 18.2 million homes)

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