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Broken Promise (1981)

Abandoned by their parents, the young children of the Clawson family are put in the care of local authorities. However, rather than being kept together, the siblings are sent to live at ... See full summary »

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Bud Griggs
Melissa Michaelsen ...
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George Mathews
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Nancy Sloan
David Haskell ...
Tom Parks
Sondra West ...
Alice Parks
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Joe Clawson
C.J. Hincks ...
June Clawson
Tristine Schmukler ...
Sue Anne Clawson
John McCaffrey ...
John Clawson
Erika Katz ...
Karen Clawson
Canaan Crouch ...
Charlie Clawson
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Mrs. Gustafson
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Williston (as Irma Hall)
William H. Burkett ...
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Abandoned by their parents, the young children of the Clawson family are put in the care of local authorities. However, rather than being kept together, the siblings are sent to live at different homes. Tenacious Patty Clawson (Melissa Michaelsen) is determined to keep her brothers and sisters together, but the bureaucracy in place makes her quest almost impossible. Aided by social worker Bud Griggs (Chris Sarandon), Patty tries to reunite her family, facing many obstacles along the way. Initial release: 1981 Director: Don Taylor Cast: Chris Sarandon, Melissa Michaelsen

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Putting Patty In Reform School Was Inappropriate
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie, when it first came out. Patty didn't want to be separated from her siblings. However the Juvenile Justice system don't care. When Patty looked at the case file, the judge sent her to a Juvenile detention facility. He claimed she violated the rules of privacy, by looking at private files. She just wanted her family together. I couldn't blame her. The parents were not even fit parents. One of the smaller children had to have a restroom. The father stopped and let them off. He drove off him and left the children stranded, at the service station. Patty had to take authority to protect them, since she was the oldest. They were placed in foster homes. The good part is that the social worker got them back as a family. The head social worker, kept telling him to butt out and not interfere. He was power crazy. He was the one, who had Patty placed in the Juvenile facility. Why didn't they go after the Father, who was released from Prison, for abandonment. Yet the children are caught in the middle and made to feel insecure.


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