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Release Date:
5 May 1981 (USA) See more »
Abandoned by their parents, the young children of the Clawson family are put in the care of local authorities... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chris Sarandon ... Bud Griggs
Melissa Michaelsen ... Patty Clawson

George Coe ... George Mathews

McKee Anderson ... Nancy Sloan
David Haskell ... Tom Parks
Sondra West ... Alice Parks

Marc Alaimo ... 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

Irma P. Hall ... Williston (as Irma Hall)
William H. Burkett ... Judge
Nik Hagler ... Harrison
Rose-Mary Rumbley ... Mrs. Higgins
Norma Young ... Anna Nelson
Jeanie Capps ... Dr. Carson
Randy Moore ... Dr. Sullivan
Helena Humann ... Matron Turner
Tony Frank ... Barnes
Harlan Jordan ... Sheriff
Miles Mutchler ... Walter
Jude Johnson ... Doris Parmenter
Lisa Lemole ... Kathy (as Lisa Le Mole)
Missi Hutchins ... Linda
Norman Colvin ... Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bodean ... Foster Parent

Bernedette Whitehead ... Waitress
David Askell ... (uncredited)
Suzi McLaughlin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Taylor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kent Hayes  book
Stephen Kandel  teleplay
Alex Lazzarino  book

Produced by
Joe Boston .... producer
Tony Converse .... executive producer
Roger Gimbel .... executive producer
Don Taylor .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
Cinematography by
Robert C. Jessup (director of photography) (as Robert Jessup)
Film Editing by
David Berlatsky 
Art Direction by
Jack Marty 
Art Department
Derek R. Hill .... lead man (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Driskell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Cameron .... production executive

Production Companies
  • EMI Television (as A Roger Gimbel Production for EMI Television Programs Inc.)

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Putting Patty In Reform School Was Inappropriate, 24 August 2006
Author: emenon from United States

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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