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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
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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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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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Performed by Barbara Barrie, Michelle Pfeiffer and the children
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Enjoyable and true to life depiction of events.
10 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My mom worked with Tom Butterfield at the mental health institution where he worked. I went to school with many of the kids from the ranch, including the real "Zim." Another kid from the ranch invited me out to the ranch for a Saturday of horseback riding (each kid had their own horse at the time) in 1963 when I was 8 and I met and was quite impressed by Tom Butterfield. The movie was not over-dramatized at all as these were pretty much how events transpired. In Marshall, I was close friends with the family of Joey Turley, who played Tom's first kid in the movie and even remember his birth. This movie depicts a very interesting time in Marshall, though I was too young to understand all that was going on at the time. It always seems strange for me to see in it many of the real people that I knew in town, as characters portrayed by actors and it was quite interesting to see the filming of the movie in our fair town. I do have many memories of the kids at the original ranch, including Johnny Kates and the great work that Tom Butterfield was performing and what he stood for. Tom's passing was a very sad occasion.


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