Love Child (1982)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  15 October 1982 (USA)
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It's an extraordinarily touching true-story about Terry Jean Moore, the determined, independent and young woman who is imprisoned for 7 years on account of a "five dollar" robbery. In the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Jean Moore
Jack Hansen
Captain Ellis
Mrs. Sturgis
Jacki Steinberg
Jesse Chaney
Arthur Brady
Michael Shane ...
Striker (as Randy Dreyfuss)
June Burns
Juanita Mahone ...
Richard Whiting ...
Judge Weston


It's an extraordinarily touching true-story about Terry Jean Moore, the determined, independent and young woman who is imprisoned for 7 years on account of a "five dollar" robbery. In the prison she will be pregnant by a jailer and she has to fight for bear and keep her child. Written by Kornel Osvart <>

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At 19, she was convicted of armed robbery. At 20, she fell in love with a prison guard and had his baby. This is the true story of a courageous woman's fight for the only right she had left.


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A real eye-opener!
27 November 1998 | by (Duncan, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This is quite a fascinating film. It shows us how the criminal justice system works and what it's like inside prison. We feel intimidated, hopeful, disgusted, and downright "in love", just as the lead character does. We can see both sides of the picture, too - from Captain Ellis' very logical advice to the lawyers' dilemma. The games the lawyers and judges play are very realistic, as well. This is based on a true story, and you'll be very much caught up in it. Both sides of the issue have good points. I'm very glad this important issue was given center stage.

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