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The Last Child (1971)

Van Heflin As Sen. Quincy George.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Miller
Senator Quincy George
Howard Drumm
Karen Miller
Gus Iverson
Michael Larrain ...
Philip Bourneuf ...
Dr. Tyler
Sergeant O'Connell (as James A. Watson)
Shelley Drumm
Sondra Blake ...
Woman in Subway
Doctor Young
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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The time: sometime in the future. Mrs. Miller is going to have a baby. But the law says she can't. The law says the world's overpopulated. Run, Mrs. Miller! Run!


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Release Date:

5 October 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day They Took the Babies Away  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


References Assassin of Youth (1937) See more »

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So How Was the Movie?
29 August 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

So this reviewer's pro-life. This one's anti-socialized medicine. This one doesn't trust Bush. This one doesn't trust Democrats.

Hey, guys, how was THE MOVIE?! You know, the one that came out in 1971 and had nothing to do with anything you're talking about? My answer: It was okay. Exciting in parts, kinda cheesy in production values as most TV movies are. Nothing that will likely stick with you forever or bear repeat viewings, but kinda thrilling for 70-some minutes. Van Heflin and Edward Asner were good, and the rest of the cast is mostly 70s actors who stuck mostly to supporting roles and occasional TV movies because none of them really had that much star charisma to speak of. Worth a watch if you catch it on cable or in the dollar bin.

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