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The Last Child (1971)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  5 October 1971 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Miller
Senator Quincy George
Howard Drumm
Karen Miller
Kent Smith ...
Gus Iverson
Michael Larrain ...
Philip Bourneuf ...
Dr. Tyler
Sergeant O'Connell (as James A. Watson)
Shelley Drumm
Sondra Blake ...
Woman in Subway
Roy Engel ...
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 <>

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller





Release Date:

5 October 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


References Assassin of Youth (1937) See more »

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17 April 2007 | by (Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I am an anti-overpopulation believer. I believe that harsh laws will eventually be put into place in the future, be it 1-child per family or 2-children per family (it doesn't matter how many, point is, there will have to be a restriction at some point).

What I don't like about this movie is that they tried to make it look justified by introducing two elements that are not realistic: the forbidding of medically treating old people and the fact that the couple had a child before that died. I am pretty sure that if overpopulation becomes a problem, old people will be continued to be medically treated AND families that they lost their first child will be allowed to have a second chance.

But because overpopulation restrictions might actually make sense, the writers of the movie tried to give justification to their own knee-jerk reaction kind of movie by adding non-realistic, *truly* fascistic elements in it. That's what bothers me with the plot.

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