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Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983)

Albert Quinn Ingalls wants to be a doctor. But soon he discovers that he is fatally ill. He decides to spend the rest of his life in Walnut Grove. Meanwhile children from school are preparing for their traditional climbing of the mountain.

Director:

Victor French

Writers:

Vince Gutierrez (as Vince R. Gutierrez), Laura Ingalls Wilder (books)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo Wilder
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Dabbs Greer ... Rev. Robert Alden
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Pamela Roylance ... Sarah Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder
Leslie Landon Leslie Landon ... Etta Plum
Robert Casper ... Sherwood Montague
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After production ended on the long-running "Little House on the Prairie" series, three made-for-TV movies helped wrap up the series. The first of these, "Look Back to Yesterday," depicts Albert's heroic battle with an ultimately fatal illness. Albert interviews at the University of Minnesota, where he plans to study medicine. Albert (unbeknownst to anyone else) suffers from unexplained nosebleeds and is always tired. His family later finds out about the nosebleeds, and a physician from Mankato informs Charles the symptoms point to a deadly form of leukemia, and that Albert has a short time to live. Albert adamantly states his wishes to live out what may be his final days in Walnut Grove; he falls in love with childhood friend Michelle Pierson (who also plans to attend the University of Minnesota to study education) and spends many of his hours with his beloved sister, Laura. Laura, however, is in denial that her brother will soon die, and wants her equally-beloved brother to rest. ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A farm, ahol élünk: Emlékek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Curiously, like the season nine, two-part episode "Home Again", which dealt with Albert's criminality and drug addiction, this special TV movie does not feature 'Caroline' (Karen Grassle) at all, even though her son is dying of cancer. See more »

Goofs

Laura calls Albert "big brother." However, Laura is older than him. See more »

Quotes

Isaiah Edwards: Safe? Safe? How can you call him safe? He was out from me to you!
Rev. Robert Alden: Now Isaiah, this was a close decision. The Good Lord helped me make the right decision.
Isaiah Edwards: Well, that's wonderful, but the Good Lord wasn't leading by two runs! We were!
Rev. Robert Alden: Isaiah, this is Sunday! Let's not question Divine Guidance.
Isaiah Edwards: [Looking up into the heavens] Oh, if this had been Saturday, Willie would have been out!
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One of the Sadest
1 December 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Though it's sort of a "revisit" to an earlier episode, it's still really good. If I remember correctly, Charles Ingalls Jr. basically died from the same thing. I believe they both died from leukemia. It's interesting that Charles didn't mention this when the doctor told me. I half-expected him to say "Not again" or something like that - but he didn't.

So, Albert is just about to start medical school. Charles has gotten a new job and is being sent back to Minnesota for a month. After visiting the University, Albert and Charles head to Walnut Grove to relive old memories.

Walnut Grove is having some sort of baseball tournament. We see all the old cast there - except Harriet Oleson, whom we will not be seeing again because the actress had moved on. Things haven't really changed that much since the ending of Season Nine, but I guess they wouldn't have since (I understand) these three movies were done very soon after the closing of the season. I'm assuming they sort of had to do them since they didn't finish season nine and probably had contract obligations to finish...The baseball game is a side-story. Other side stories: Jason wanting to kiss a girl (the one he tried to impress with the glasses in Season Nine), and trouble with the farmers selling their crops to the grange.

The story is a sad one. I've only seen it a few times because it's just too awful to watch. I'm thankful they ended the movie before "the event."

If my son was dying, I know I would moved Heaven and Earth to be there. I think Caroline would have found somebody to watch the children so she could come be with her dying son. I'm sorry, but I just couldn't buy that. But since Karen Graslie didn't have a contract, she probably wasn't able to play in this episode. I'll be happy to see her return for the final movie.


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