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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 »
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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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A study in love and joy, 9 September 2004
Author: Chrissie from United States

I was still in high school when I saw "Who Are the DeBolts" on TV, and I'll never get the images out of my head. The child that sticks most in my mind was a lovely Black girl of maybe 8 or 10, with stumps for arms and legs. She could walk and play the marimba with her prosthetics, but she really shone when those prosthetics came off. I can still see her jumping on the bed with her siblings, laughing and so vibrant and alive.

There was nothing sappy or sentimental about "Who Are the DeBolts." Just a family that was a little larger and more diverse than what we're used to. And I think if only for the lesson in valuing diversity, it would be wonderful if this film made a huge comeback.

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