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The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)

Based on the true story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to ... See full summary »

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Tom Butterfield (as Fred Lehne)
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Bill Westbrook
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McNaulty
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Mrs. Lightheart
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Joey
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Hanna
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Dr. Watson
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George Meuschke
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Madden
Ryan Barcroft ...
The Butter Boys - Andrew
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The Butter Boys - Dwayne
James Spinks III ...
The Butter Boys - Zim
Van Stapleton ...
The Butter Boys - Bobby
Gary Riefle ...
The Butter Boys - Pete
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Based on the true story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to become a legal foster parent in the state of Missouri. Written by Anonymous

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5 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Los niños que nadie quería  »

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This was Michelle Pfeiffer's first leading role. See more »

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Good King Wenceslas
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Performed by Barbara Barrie, Michelle Pfeiffer and the children
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I am Tom's niece
1 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is the true story of my uncle, Tom Butterfield. I wanted to clarify that the reason the black character was introduced in the movie, is because there really was a black boy that Tom adopted into the boys ranch. Tom truly had a heart for all youth, and never even considered their race to be a factor. I even met the "real" black boy while visiting the ranch, and he was such a joy. So please know that when watching this film, it was not a fake scene just to be politically correct. The Butterfield Youth Services in Marshall, Missouri, still exists today, and has expanded into several more group homes that also include boys and girls ranches and inpatient/outpatient treatment centers. Even though my uncle Tom is in heaven now, his legacy continues to live on. Thank you for continuing to pay tribute to him by watching this film. He worked so hard to get this story out so that others would be helped, that might have been forgotten. Thank you for listening.


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