Alright, this is pretty much on the top of my holy grail, lost media list. This completely bonkers, campy, misguided masterpiece of television history. It was a made for tv movie, I think for NBC, where Gary Coleman plays a kid who sets fires to get attention. The cast is amazing, Cicely Tyson, Ron O'Neal, Yaphet Kotto, and it's an amazing piece of wrongheaded, after school special preaching. This is the king of them all. Only problem, it hasn't been seen since 1985 when it aired. I have looked everywhere for this and have never found it. I'm willing to put time, money, blood, and my own offspring on the line to find this one. Someone must have taped it. And I did hear from a friend that he watched it on VHS in grade school for a fire safety thing.
Now that i think about it when i was in second grade the local fire department made us watch this! I lived in Florida at the time and no longer live there
I've heard a few stories like that. It used to be a pretty common occurrence to show these "movies of the week" type morality preaching spectacles, to "teach" kids the importance or danger of whatever. As a kid we weren't shown this one i school, but countless others, and they were hilarious even then. But this one is top of the heap for me. I've got to find it.
I'm sure plenty of people taped this when it was shown, cause I've heard many of people mention they were made to watch it school. I'm pretty sure viewership was low for this, cause it's one of those things where not everybody saw it, but those who did never forgot it. So, like I said, plenty of people taped this, I mean I had a friend who taped it, but unfortunately I live on the gulf coast and it along with everything else here was washed out to sea by hurricane katrina. So, the problem is that the people who do have this on tape aren't on this forum or aware that they have a legitimate horrendous masterpiece in a box in their attic/closet/basement etc. Does anyone know if there is a Gary Coleman dedication forum? Maybe someone like that would have it.
If your friend still has it he/she can send it to me and i can extract the vhs to my PC and put it on a “legal” website
If only... Sorry if I wasn't too clear, he lives on the gulf coast too, so he lost everything in Katrina as well. Before I came to this forum, I thought it would be easy to find a copy, seeing as I had access to a tape for a good portion of my life prior to 2005. Little did I realize just how rare it was. But we'll find it! Just got to keep looking and raiding people's tape collections.