Question: Do you know any feature films or made-for-TV movies dealing with epilepsy or incorporating an epileptic character? Friedhelm
Flickchick: There are at least three TV movies that deal directly with epilepsy and its effects both on those who have it and their families. ...First Do No Harm (1997) stars Meryl Streep as a mother whose son has epilepsy; she butts heads with the medical establishment because she wants to try a controversial diet (the ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates and protein) to relieve his symptoms, rather than relying on conventional drug therapy. In the 1986 Fight for Life, Jerry Lewis is a father fighting for FDA approval of a drug that might help his epileptic daughter. And in The Promise, also 1986, a man (James Garner) must, after the death of his mother, take responsibility for the epileptic, schizophrenic younger brother (James Woods) he's avoided for most of his adult life. Fight for Life and The Promise are not currently available on video; ...First, Do No Harm is. Feature films that incorporate epileptic characters in a serious context include Simple Men (1992), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds (1972), 'Night Mother (1986) with Sissy Spacek, and the early Russell Crowe picture Romper Stomper (1992).