The Comeback Kid (film)

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The Comeback Kid
Written byJoe S. Landon
Directed byPeter Levin
StarringJohn Ritter
Susan Dey
Doug McKeon
Jeremy Licht
Patrick Swayze
Theme music composerBarry De Vorzon
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersJoe S. Landon (associate producer) (as Joe Landon)
Robert M. Myman (associate producer)
Louis Rudolph (producer)
CinematographyRic Waite
EditorDavid Newhouse
Running time97 min.
Production companyABC Circle Films
Original release
ReleaseApril 11, 1980 (1980-04-11)

The Comeback Kid is a 1980 American made-for-television romantic comedy sports film starring John Ritter, Susan Dey and Doug McKeon which was broadcast on ABC on April 11, 1980. The film features many actors well known from their TV appearances: Ritter (Three's Company), Dey (The Partridge Family), Gregory (Barney Miller), Licht (Valerie/The Hogan Family), Lembeck (One Day at a Time), McKeon (On Golden Pond), and Kim Fields (The Facts of Life). It also stars Patrick Swayze in an early minor role.


Bubba Newman, a minor league baseball player, decides to quit the sport and do something else with his life because he feels "down and out." He renews his outlook on life when he becomes a coach for a group of underprivileged kids and finds romance. Then, one of the youngsters gets hit by a car while racing to meet Bubba when he returns to the team. The kid's death ultimately brings the group and their coach even closer.


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