Van Heflin As Sen. Quincy George.
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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
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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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Ivor Francis ...
Doctor Young
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Ticket Clerk
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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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5 October 1971 (USA)  »

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The Day They Took the Babies Away  »

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Peter S. Fischer, later a very prolific TV writer and producer, made his television scriptwriting debut with this TV movie. See more »

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So how about that movie?
19 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Mod Squad's Michael Cole heads up this great made-for-TV thriller about a young couple on the run from authorities in a near-future world where couples are limited to one child per family. I saw this film several times on Saturday afternoon TV- gosh I hate infomercials. I miss great Saturday afternoon movies. The story in "The Last Child" takes place in the United States in a near future where population growth has caused the government to control the birth rate. Families are limited to one child. What makes this story compelling, is that the couple in question has had a child that died, and this "second" child is not permitted under the law. They are on the run for nearby Canada (of all places) where the law is not so imposing. Now, this is where I could digress into all kinds of political rhetoric, or force my own opinion on you, but in lieu of that, I'll tell you that the ensuing "pursuit" is what makes up the meat of the story. There are stereotypical "bad guys" determined to stop the couple from having their child and there are "sympathetic" good guys who endanger themselves by helping the young couple flee to safety. There's some low budget special effects, but over all, this is a good film for its time that imposes some compelling questions about how far political agendas should be pushed, etc. Personally, this stands as one of the best made-for-TV sci-fi films ever made. The acting and script make up for any technical shortcomings. If you can catch it- go for it.


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