Bill (1981 film)

Bill is a 1981 American made-for-television biographical drama film starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid based on the life of Bill Sackter.[1][2] The film was broadcast on CBS on December 22, 1981.[3]

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Written byCorey Blechman
Story byBarry Morrow
Directed byAnthony Page
StarringMickey Rooney
Dennis Quaid
Largo Woodruff
Anna Maria Horsford
Harry Goz
Theme music composerWilliam Kraft
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersAlan Landsburg
Bernard Sofronski
ProducerMel Stuart
Production locationsNew York City
Yonkers, New York
College of Mount Saint Vincent
CinematographyMike Fash
EditorGeorge Hively
Running time100 minutes
Production companyAlan Landsburg Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • December 22, 1981 (1981-12-22)

Mickey Rooney won an Emmy Award and Golden Globe for his performance, and the film also received a Golden Globe for Best TV Film.[4][5]

A sequel, Bill: On His Own, was released in 1983.[6]


Bill is a man with an intellectual disability 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.



  1. ^ "Bill (1981)". BFI.
  2. ^ "Bill (1981) - Anthony Page | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (November 23, 2004). Mickey Rooney: His Films, Television Appearances, Radio Work, Stage Shows, and Recordings. McFarland. ISBN 9780786420155 – via Google Books.
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  6. ^ "Bill: On His Own (1983)". BFI.

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