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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Intense, thought provoking, gripping !!

Author: Ernie Tetreault ( from Woodstock Ct
5 January 2002

Lynda Carter plays a caring social worker that is suddenly drawn into a horrid reality of underworld mayhem. Babies are bought from troubled teenagers and then are placed into the hands of unstable parents for a fee of $ 30,000. Can you believe it. The sadest part of all is that this has really happened. Watch this one if you might see it on tv again. While Lynda Carter investigates the businessman believed to be responsible, she puts her own life in danger from the band of villians working for him. She is threatened, manipulated and puts her job in jeopardy desperately trying to crack the operation wide open. Of course, the best reason of all to watch this is that the beautiful Lynda Carter stars in it!!!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Why do I subject myself to this kind of stuff?

Author: bensonmum2 from Tennessee
18 April 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Lynda Carter is Kate Carlin, a social worker with a 14 year old pregnant girl as one of her clients. The girl has agreed to put her baby up for adoption through a private attorney rather than the State. After the baby is born, she changes her mind about the whole adoption process and wants to keep her baby. But the greedy attorney will hear none of this and goes ahead and gives the baby to parents that he secretly knows to be unfit. In steps Kate Carlin to save the day and put a stop to the baby-selling ring.

Why do I subject myself to this kind of stuff? I don't know if The Lifetime Network existed in 1981, but Born to Be Sold is pure Lifetime melodrama. I'll admit that the situation the young girl found herself in was heartbreaking, but the way the film presents the story lacks a lot of realism. Take the scene where Kate Carlin spots an intruder in her home. The reaction on the part of the character and the lack of police involvement did not ring true. Or, take the greedy, slimy attorney played by Harold Gould. He's just a little too greedy and a little too slimy to be believable. To be a man in his position, he takes far too many chances and brags a little too much to be successful for very long. Again, it's not realistic.

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