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Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] -- The film takes an intimate peek into the world of one extraordinary family that tackles adversity with compassion, joy, and perseverance.


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10 September 1977 (Japan) See more »
Dorothy and Bob DeBolt's tale of the struggles and joys involved in their 19 adopted children, many of who are physically disabled war orphans. | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Kim Atwood ... Herself
Marty Atwood ... Himself
Mike Atwood ... Himself
Mimi Atwood ... Herself
Noel Atwood ... Herself
Stephanie Atwood ... Herself
Anh DeBolt ... Himself
Bob DeBolt ... Himself
Dat DeBolt ... Himself
Dorothy DeBolt ... Herself
J.R. DeBolt ... Himself
Karen DeBolt ... Herself
Ly' DeBolt ... Herself
Mary DeBolt ... Herself
Melanie DeBolt ... Herself
Phong DeBolt ... Himself
Sunee DeBolt ... Herself
Tich DeBolt ... Himself
Trang DeBolt ... Himself
Twe' DeBolt ... Herself
Wendy DeBolt ... Herself
Sydney Walker ... Narrator (voice)

Henry Winkler ... Himself - Host, television version
Jacque Gonzales ... Herself (uncredited)
David MacMillan ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
John Korty 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Janet Peoples  uncredited

Produced by
John Korty .... producer
Warren Lockhart .... producer
Dan McCann .... producer
Mark L. Rosen .... producer (television version)
Shintarô Tsuji .... executive producer
Henry Winkler .... executive producer (television version)
Original Music by
Ed Bogas 
Cinematography by
Jon Else 
Film Editing by
David Webb Peoples  (as David W. Peoples)
Sound Department
Luther Greene .... sound re-recording mixer
David MacMillan .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Crowley .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Mary Bernstein .... assistant editor

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72 min
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Inspiring., 21 September 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a super-inspiring film made about a very unusual family, the DeBolts. Mr. and Mrs. DeBolt had, as of the making of this film, nineteen kids--most of which were handicapped orphans from around the world and were considered pretty much unadoptable. However, the DeBolts seemed to like the challenge of melding all these kids into an enormous family. Most of the film simply shows the family going through their days. What I particularly liked is that although this appeared to be a close family, the parents were certain NOT to do too much for the kids--encouraging them to do things for themselves regardless of their disabilities.

The film is pretty well made and interesting. It is also a bit sticky sweet, but inspiring as well. Apparently the Academy was quite impressed by the documentary, because it was awarded the Oscar for this category in 1978. Well worth seeing.

By the way, it would be very interesting if a follow-up film was made about the family more than three decades later. The 'kids' are all now independent adults with their own children and I am sure their stories would be worth hearing.

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