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A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story

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"A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story" is a 1989 telefilm produced by The Walt Disney Company. It was originally broadcast as a 2-part episode on The Magical World of Disney on NBC on December 3 and December 10, 1989. The telefilm was directed by John Patterson.


The story of Mary Thomas, the mother of basketball star Isiah Thomas, and how she fought to keep her family together and her sons out of trouble despite the surroundings of poverty, drugs, crime and violence of their ghetto neighborhood.


  • Alfre Woodard ... Mary Thomas
  • A.J. Johnson ... Ruby Thomas
  • Leon ... Michael Thomas
  • Garland Spencer ... Isiah Thomas - Middle School
  • Chick Vennera
  • Larry O. Williams Jr. ... Isiah Thomas - High School
  • Jamey Sheridan ... Brother Ted (as James Sheridan)
  • Harry Lennix ... Nero
  • Shamon Ricks ... Jojo
  • Lanei Chapman ... Mary (16 years)
  • Barbara E. Robertson ... Miss Day Receptionist
  • Cynthia Baker ... Sister Kevin Anne
  • Marty Higginbotham ... Mr. Davis
  • Ed Grennan ... Mayor Daley
  • Moon Hi Hanson ... Dr. Kim
  • Bernard Mixon ... Mary's Father
  • Rengin Altay ... M.J.
  • Bob Kohut ... LoBianco
  • Kent Martin ... Grocery Store Manager
  • Darrell Echols ... Store Clerk
  • Susan Ware
  • Wanda Christine
  • Isiah Thomas ... Himself
  • Larry Thomas ... Himself
  • Mary Thomas ... Herself
  • Preston Thomas ... Himself
  • Nathaniel Barnes ... Mark Thomas / Son (uncredited)
  • Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... (uncredited)
  • D'Breeon ... Conga Player (uncredited)
  • Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
  • Dwain A. Perry ... (uncredited)


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