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The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  5 December 1981 (USA)
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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 ... 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
Patrick Holcer ...
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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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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A wonderful true life story
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frederic Lehne stars as the real-life Tom Butterfield, a college student distressed by the plight of homeless children. He'd like to adopt a few of these kids, but Missouri law prohibits such a circumstance for an unmarried man. At great personal cost to himself both financially and emotionally, the 21-year-old Butterfield becomes the youngest single adult ever to be granted a foster-parent license, using this privilege to set up a Boy's Town-like home for unwanted youngsters. Lehne's costar is Michelle Pfeiffer, on the threshold of bigger things. Tom Butterfield, the subject of The Children Nobody Wanted, died less than a year after this TV movie's debut. I wonderful real life movie, showing the difference one man can do.


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