A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story
Written byJeff Andrus
Directed byRichard Michaels
StarringMario Van Peebles
Lane R. Davis
Polly Holliday
Lynn Whitfield
Theme music composerJames McVay
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerHoward Lipstone
ProducersDavid Permut
Daniel Levy
Kay Hoffman (supervising producer)
Production locationsHouston, Texas
CinematographyMike Fash
EditorAndrew Cohen
Running time100 min.
Production companiesLandsburg Company
Procter & Gamble Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02)
Ricky Bell.
Ricky Bell.

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.