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A Circle of Children (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  10 March 1977 (USA)
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A teacher at a school for emotionally disturbed children takes an interest in one particular child who doesn't talk but emits a stream of gibberish.



(teleplay) (as Steven Gethers) , (novel) (as Mary MacCracken)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary MacCracken
Dan Franklin
Doris Fleming
Brian O'Connell
Christopher West ...
Niki Dantine ...
Frances Stevenson ...
Peter Brandon ...
Larry MacCracken
Susan Pratt ...
Laura Campbell ...
Mrs. Johnson
Mrs. O'Connell
Ray Buktenica ...
Doctor Marino
Pearl Shear ...
Mrs. Grady
William Tregoe ...
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A teacher at a school for emotionally disturbed children takes an interest in one particular child who doesn't talk but emits a stream of gibberish.

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Followed by Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (1978) See more »


A Circle of Children
Music by Steve Hines
Lyrics by Steve Gethers (as Steven Gethers)
Sung by Carmen McRae
Original Music Copyright 1976 by Twentieth Century Music Corp. and Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.
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Amazing movie
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One of the best movies about special needs children ever. As a special ed teacher, I particularly love movies like this. The acting is good for a 70s movie. It is one of the movies that I saw as a child that inspired me to teach special needs children. It is based on the book, a Circle of Children. Mary McCracken begins as a volunteer in a harsh teachers special ed classroom. At first all she seems to do is cause problems with the children. However over time she becomes very attached to the children and begins to make a real Difference in their lives. One of the best parts is when she discovers the way a young boy (Albert from Little House on the Prairie ) is trying to communicate.

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