Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child Information

Thursday's Child is a 1983 television film directed by David Lowell Rich, based on the book by Victoria Poole.


Sam Alden is the 17-year-old high school star player in baseball who seems to have it all. However, his family notices that he is often bothered with fits of coughing. Worried, his parents decide to take him to the hospital, where they are shocked to find out that he has a life threatening heart disease. Sam has trouble dealing with his illness, but he pretends to still be a joyful teenager to not have his parents worrying even more than they already do. His health is detoriating, though, and it is eventually revealed that he needs a heart transplantation if he wants to survive. This is the beginning of a long and a both mental and physical exhausting journey including countless operations, tests, applies for donors. Even before the final operation, Sam is forced to deal with several setbacks in his life.


  • Rob Lowe as Sam Alden
  • Gena Rowlands as Victoria Alden
  • Don Murray as Parker Alden
  • Jessica Walter as Roz Richardson
  • Tracey Gold as Alix
  • Glenn Morrissey as Pokie
  • Ken Stovitz as Charlie
  • Heidi Bohay as Ruthie
  • Elizabeth Keifer as Tina
  • Larry Poindexter as Malcolm
  • Robin Gammell as Dr. Schroeder
  • Alan Fudge as Dr. Baumbartner
  • Thomas Hill as Dr. Owens
  • Stephen Keep as Dr. Reston
  • Curt Lowens as Dr. Wakely


For Rob Lowe, this film meant his official introduction to the screen. The film was shot in 1982 and slated to premier in December 1982. However, it was postponed two times and it eventually premiered in February 1983.

The film was generally well received and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Lowe was nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Gena Rowlands in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

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