The Loretta Claiborne Story

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The Loretta Claiborne Story ★★½ 2000

Your basic inspirational TV movie based on a true story. Loretta (Elise) is black, poor, partially blind, and mildly retarded. She's mercilessly teased until a grade-school teacher (Palk) interests the young Loretta in running. But it's not until she's a teenager that Loretta finds her own cheerleader—social worker Janet McFarland (Manheim) who signs the girl up to participate in the Special Olympics. 90m/C VHS . Kimberly Elise, Camryn Manheim, Tina Lifford, Nancy Palk, Damon Gupton, Nicole Ari Parker; D: Lee Grant; W: Grace McKeaney; C: Laszlo George; M: Stanley Clarke. TV