Scott Baio Fan Blog


LUKE WAS THERE
January 12, 2010, 1:52 am
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Telecast  Date :  October  5,  1977

An  NBC  Special  Treat  made-for-television  movie,  with  a  running  time  of  47  minutes,  directed  by  Richard  Marquand  and  based  on  the  novel  by  Eleanor  R.  Lowentonn  Clymer.

It  chronicles  the  moving  story  of  JULIUS  ( SCOTT  BAIO ),  a  ghetto-bound  youth  who’s  desperately  searching  for  security  after  his  stepfather  abandons  their  family  while  his  gravely  sick  mother  is  hospitalized,  requiring  him  to  be  placed  under  the  care  of  an  orphanage.

The  withdrawn  boy  lives  a  tragic  existence  full  of  crime  and  disillusionment,  not  understanding  the  overwhelming  forces  working  against  him,  until  a  warm  and  perceptive  counselor  named  Luke  ( David  Pendleton )  patiently  takes  the  time  to  nurture  a  positive  relationship  with  this  troubled  youngster  and  to  help  him  realize  the  valuable  potential  of  his  own  life.

Unfortunately  when  Luke  suddenly  leaves,  a  heart-broken  Julius believes  that  his  friend  will  never  return  and  decides  to  run  away  from  the  children’s  home.  His  dire  situation  becomes  even  more  critical  as  a  result  of  a  botched  purse-stealing  incident,  forcing  him  to  go  on  the  lam.  But  Julius eventually  meets  another  lost  young  runaway  half  his  age  in  need  of  guidance  whom  he  ultimately  brings  back  to  the  orphanage  for  proper  caring.

Daytime  EMMY nominee  for  Outstanding  Children’s  Special.

sweetcheeks135  review  from  the  IMDB :

“I  thought  that  Luke  Was  There was  a  great  movie.  It  shows  how  some  kids  ( orphans )  can  get  around,  how  their  lives  can  be  affected  horribly  in  the  blink  of  an  eye.  The  storyline  was  well-written  and  the  performance  SCOTT  BAIO gave  at  such  a  young  age  was  great.  And  how  that  movie  made  him  excel  through  films  like  Bugsy  Malone and  Zapped as  well  as  TV  shows  like  Happy  Days and  Charles-In-Charge.  Even  though  he  doesn’t  make  that  many  television  appearances  anymore,  he’s  still  one  of  my  favorite  actors  to  have  ever  hit  TV.  And  he  is  really,  really  cute  in  this  film.  He’s  such  a  sweetheart.  Who  knew  that  kind  of  charisma  a  kid  could  give  in  a  heart-felt  movie  like  this  one.  I mean,  he  plays  a  sneaky  little  kid  but  then  again,  who  isn’t?”