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  • Personally, I think Anderson aged very well, and this was a good transitional movie for anyone who was used to MacGyver and not yet ready for SG-1

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      Past the Bleachers is a poignant and wonderful 1995 TV movie that starred Richard Dean Anderson and Glynnis O’Connor as parents trying to move on with their lives after their son had died. It’s a trying time. The two are trying to have another baby, but Anderson’s character of Bill Parish hasn’t quite let go.

      Entering into the picture is a man named Hilton Burberry, who convinces Bill to coach a baseball team for the team that his late son used to play for. Bill

      is drawn in, not just to the team, but to a mute youngster who plays on the team. The story isn’t as obvious as Bill thinks, and when he finds out the truth, he’s angry. Of course, by then, he’s already fallen in love.

      O’Connor does a super job here. She’s the loving wife and mother who was never quite let into the magical boys’ world that Bill and their son shared. She finally explodes with her own anger, shocking the clueless bill.

      Barnard Hughes becomes a chum of Bill’s as he coaches and explores his life. Hughes was a wonderful actor and noted for quality performances, and he gives one here.

      I have to say that my first thought on seeing the opening scene, which is Bill going out for a jog, was something that one of the directors on Stargate SG-1 had made on a commentary. SG-1 was two years away from Anderson’s career when this movie was made, but the director had said that Anderson hated to run,

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      and it was always a challenge to get him to. Here he is in this, jogging for the opening minutes of the film.

      My hunch is that this was Anderson’s normal hair color at the time, too, when it was on its way to a really nice silver color. It hadn’t changed yet, but the signs and beginnings of it are here, visible along the edges. As I recall, he had to dye it brown for the opening year of SG-1 until he rebelled, and

      the producers backed off. Personally, I think Anderson aged very well, and this was a good transitional movie for anyone who was used to MacGyver and not yet ready for SG-1.

      Past the Bleachers evokes loving and caring emotions. We feel Bill’s loss and his struggle to move forward. We feel his pain when he has to deal with a few truths he hadn’t ever faced. We also feel his joy when his heart opens up. It’s a great movie in my book.

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