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Abandoned in a mental institution at age 7, Bill Sackter would never see his family again. When he was released 44 years later, a chance meeting with a young college student (Barry Morrow) changed his life forever.

Bill became the harmonica-playing proprietor of “Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop” and his upbeat personality soon got him noticed. Even though he couldn’t read or write, he deeply embraced every moment and every relationship. All he needed was a second chance.

Bill’s life story spread throughout the country when Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid starred in the highly successful tv movie “Bill” (1981) which dramatized Bill and Barry’s relationship. It was a landmark production that forever changed the world’s perception of people with disabilities.


A FRIEND INDEED – THE BILL SACKTER STORY is filmmaker Lane Wyrick’s inspiring documentary about hope, compassion, and the power of friendship.

    The DVD of A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story is available exclusively at

    Using actual photos, film and video footage of Bill Sackter (taken by Morrow in the 1970s and 1980s) along with Wyrick’s newly filmed interviews with people closest to Bill, A FRIEND INDEED has been praised for its authenticity and rich emotion.

    Even if you have never heard of Bill Sackter, by the end of the documentary you will know him like a close friend.

    It’s an entertaining true story for the whole family that will touch your heart, bring you to tears, and ultimately leave you inspired.


The award-winning FEATURE LENGTH VERSION (90 min.) version of "A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story (Documentary DVD)" by Lane Wyrick Productions is now available exclusively at

This inspiring DVD includes the award-winning 90 minute theatrical version of "A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story" plus over two hours of bonus material including:

• An Insightful Director’s Commentary Track

• Lots of Additional Footage of Bill & Friends

• New Interviews, Deleted Scenes, & Audio recordings
The World Premiere Event at Hancher Auditorium

• Behind the Scenes Orchestra Recording in Seattle

• Theatrical Trailer, Biographical Info

...and more

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