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Filming dates: June and July 1986
Sophia Loren (Marianna Miraldo)
Hector Elizondo (Nick Miraldo)
Michael Galardi (Joey Miraldo)
Billy Dee Williams (Bobby Jay)
Francesco Freda (Henri de Salles)
third TV movie, following Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980) and Aurora
(1984), earns her some of her best reviews in years.
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is in New York promoting her perfume when she spots a story in The New
York Times Magazine by Michael Daly about the mother of a drug addict
who went undercover to bust a cocaine ring.
"For the most part, though, Miss Loren captures the haggard but determined esence of an ordinary woman who simply decides to take extraordinary action. Miss Loren takes an already absorbing story and gives it a distinctive style that is rare in television movies."
John J. O'Connor, New York Times, 24 sep 1986
"Courage is a slow, solemn crime movie somewhat disarmed by the luminous presence of Sophia Loren. Three hours in that presence can pall rather quickly, though, since Miss Loren's current notion of acting is simply to sit there - stand there, lie there - looking luminous. She gives a passive, perfect-lady performance, no kin to the bawdy wench in peasant blouse and Gypsy earrings, the lass fresh from the haystack no man over 40 ever can..."
delivers a powerful and moving performance in Courage,"
svelte, more mature,
loaded with awesome dirctness and poise, proves that the star system
decided to become a
self-appointed committee of one to demand more Sophia Loren-starring
on television. I think the actress, who turns in such a substantial job
in Courage, should head an anthology series where she plays a different
each week, something like Loretta Young once did."
a beautiful story which I wanted to play at all costs".
tried to play the part of this woman with all my heart, with all my
experience as an actress. My heart was beating fast, as though I were a
beginner, in the scene in which - in front of the judges, my face
marked by the years, by toil, by days of struggling against my sons who
were suffering from withdrawal - I say, 'I swear.'"