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Limb & Spinal Conditions: Major Films  
TitleDay in the Death of Joe Egg, A (1971)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityLimb Learning Difficulty Cerebral Palsy
CountryUK
Length106
GenreDrama
Rating4
DirectorPeter Medak
CastAlan Bates Janet Suzman Peter Bowles Sheila Gish Joan Hickson Elizabeth Robillard
NotesExcellent, well-acted black comedy/drama about a young girl who has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. (She's called spastic in the film). Her parents eventually consider euthanasia. Not easy viewing. Shows its origins as a stage play but remains one of the most detailed portrayals of what it means to bring up a severely disabled child. Seen wholly from the perspective of the parents.

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