Suddenly (1996 film)

Suddenly is a 1996 American made-for-television drama film starring Kirstie Alley and Jason Beghe. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and written by David Kinghorn and Marilyn Kinghorn, it was first aired on ABC on December 1, 1996. It deals with some of the issues faced by paraplegic wheelchair users.

Written byDavid J. Kinghorn (story) (as David Kinghorn)
Marilyn Kinghorn (story)
David J. Kinghorn (telaplay)
Directed byRobert Allan Ackerman
StarringKirstie Alley
Jason Beghe
Colleen Camp
Theme music composerDavid Mansfield
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Robert Allan Ackerman
Kirstie Alley
Michele Brustin
Jeffrey Weiss
Producer(s)Mark Allan
Richard Brams
David J. Kinghorn (co-producer)
Andi Wooten (associate producer)
CinematographyWalt Lloyd
Sandi Sissel
Editor(s)Charles Bornstein
Running time96 min.
Production company(s)Michele Brustin Productions
Rysher Entertainment
Scripps Howard Entertainment
True Blue Productions
Weisworld Premieres
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 1, 1996


Marty Doyle (Alley) is a hard working waitress. Despite her wisecracking and positive demeanour, she feels her life is pretty empty, with only one plus point; a new relationship.

One day, her life is turned upside down when she is knocked down by a car. In that instant, Marty loses the use of her legs and her sense of self-worth, and, soon after, she loses her boyfriend. Though she attempts to get on with life, her efforts are dealt a massive blow when she is mugged. Feeling utterly despondent and depressed, Marty starts to feel sorry for herself and turns to alcohol. Just when she’s at her lowest, she meets and befriends Joe Mulvey, (Beghe) a fellow paraplegic, who helps her cope with her new way of life.


Kirstie Alley Marty Doyle
Jason Beghe Joe Mulvey
Colleen Camp Jude
Nancy Cartwright Dell
David Crosby Eddie
David Beecroft Doug
Jason Bernard Louie
Shaun Toub Mr. Tabibisdan
W. W. Wilson Cabbie Paulie
Alice Lo Mrs. Chow
Charles Noland Cabbie Mike
Manny Perry Bus Driver
Don Keith Opper Barney

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