A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story

Written by Jeff Andrus
Directed by Richard Michaels
Starring Mario Van Peebles
Lane R. Davis
Polly Holliday
Lynn Whitfield
Theme music composer James McVay
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Cinematography Mike Fash
Editor(s) Andrew Cohen
Original network CBS
Original release
  • April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02)

A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story is a 1991 CBS made-for-TV movie that recounts the life of Ricky Bell, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back sickened with dermatomyositis, and Ryan Blankenship, a physically impaired child. The movie takes place during the 1981 Buccaneers season, including actual gameplay footage and a dramatized role played by Mario Van Peebles. Bell finds himself befriending an impaired child who inspire each other to become better in their own ways.



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