The inspiration of the film is based around the true story of Jim Fitzpatrick's childhood friend known only as Joey Boone, who died of bone cancer in 1974.
A Fonder Heart is based on a true story about Joey Boone, 15-year-old boy, and Craig Thomas, 59-year-old self-made multimillionaire developer. Joey and Craig became hospital roommates in 1974. Joey believes that he is simply being looked at for a minimal knee surgery due to a basketball injury, while Craig fears the worst...that life and old age have finally caught-up with him, and that he is dying. The two eventually develop empathy for each other's personal problems and issues, as well as life's similar hardships. However it is revealed that it is Joey is the one who is terminally ill and having made a father-son relationship Craig stays out the rest of Joey's days with him.
Stockard Channing as Paula Silver
Daryl Hannah as Margaret Boone
Janine Turner as Nurse Linda
James Brolin as Craig
Louis Gossett, Jr. as Glen
Audrey Landers as Nurse Hope
Rachel Hunter as Shannon
Jim Fitzpatrick as Captain Bligh
Rebecca De Mornay as Dr. Bach
According to the director Jim Fitzpatrick's website the actor William Shatner is set to make a cameo appearance.
These are a list of filming locations used in A Fonder Heart