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The Last Child (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  5 October 1971 (USA)
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Alan Miller
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Senator Quincy George
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Howard Drumm
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Karen Miller
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Barstow
Kent Smith ...
Gus Iverson
Michael Larrain ...
Sandy
Philip Bourneuf ...
Dr. Tyler
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Sergeant O'Connell (as James A. Watson)
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Shelley Drumm
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Woman in Subway
Roy Engel ...
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Nurse
Ivor Francis ...
Doctor Young
Jason Wingreen ...
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In a badly-overpopulated future, where each couple is only allowed one child and where people over 65 are forbidden medical care under a very draconian set of laws, a young couple, pregnant with their second child (the first died shortly after birth) enlist the help of an elderly former US Senator to help them escape to Canada. Written by Randy Goldberg <gaellon@inch.com>

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The Day They Took the Babies Away  »

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This TV movie was Van Heflin's final performance. He died of a heart attack three months before the original broadcast, making the death of his character all the more poignant. See more »

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References Assassin of Youth (1937) See more »

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from a high school assignment to 40 years in the future
5 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There were two required courses my freshman year in high school that I recall for one or two reasons - "Comparative Economic Systems" I remember for the example of the price of hula hoops in regards to supply and demand and fads, et cetera. If the book is still being published a reference to the Coen brothers "The Hudsucker Proxy" would be a good update. As for "Comparative Political Systems" I vaguely remember something about the Kwakiutl Indians, but what remains sharply in focus 40 years later was the result of the assignment to watch this film.

If it seemed somewhat fantastic [3. imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational: fantastic fears] then, 40 years later it's not so unrealistic. While "death panels" are not mentioned per se in the film, cutting off medical aid to folks over 65 can be problematic if you're diabetic - as was the character of Senator Quincy George played by Emmett Evan Heflin Jr, and, as the trivia section notes "This TV movie was Van Heflin's final performance. He died of a heart attack three months before the original broadcast..." BTW - to avoid a spoiler don't read all of the trivia - I've truncated it so the spoiler doesn't show.

I don't want to write much more without seeing it again - memories of films forty years past may not be entirely reliable - but it made quite an impression on a young teenager raised in an extremely conservative environment. I've read most if not all of Philip Kindred Dick's short stories written in the 1950's and wonder at how prescient he was with many of them. "The Last Child" was the first produced script by Peter S. Fischer, to my knowledge. He won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for an episode of "Murder, She Wrote" and several Emmy nominations for other of these episodes. He would go on to work with the director, John Llewellyn Moxey, on a number of the "Murder, She Wrote," episodes.


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