6.6/10
76
1 user 1 critic

Child's Cry (1986)

PG-13 | | Thriller | TV Movie 9 February 1986
A social worker (Lindsay Wagner) starts working with a shy, withdrawn 6 year old (Taliesin Jaffe) whom she believes is the victim of sexual abuse.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away,... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann
Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec
When Andrew Came Home (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years ... See full summary »

Director: Artie Mandelberg
Stars: Park Overall, Jason Beghe, Seth Adkins
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An 11 year old girl (Vanessa King) accuses her father (Art Hindle) of incest.

Director: Jorge Montesi
Stars: Art Hindle, Rosemary Dunsmore, Susan Hogan
The Burning Bed (TV Movie 1984)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur
Amber's Story (TV Movie 2006)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Story about Amber Hagerman who was 9 years old when she was abducted while riding her bicycle, prompting her mother to seek out a system that alerts the nation of abducted children, we know that to be called an Amber Alert today.

Director: Keoni Waxman
Stars: Elisabeth Röhm, Teryl Rothery, Myron Natwick
For the Love of a Child (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Barr
Stars: Peri Gilpin, Teri Polo, Maria del Mar
God Bless the Child (TV Movie 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

Director: Larry Elikann
Stars: Mare Winningham, Grace Johnston, L. Scott Caldwell
Adam: His Song Continues (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Follows the true story of John and Reve Walsh who, after their child was murdered, fought to raise national awareness of the problem of missing children.

Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, JoBeth Williams, Richard Masur
Invisible Child (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A woman from London finds her life thrown into chaos when the mother of the family she is working for has an imaginary child called Maggie.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Rita Wilson, Victor Garber, Tushka Bergen
If Someone Had Known (TV Movie 1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young wife and mother is abused by her husband and keeps the secret from her friends and family.

Director: Eric Laneuville
Stars: Kellie Martin, Kevin Dobson, Linda Kelsey
No Child of Mine (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Thirteen-year-old Kerry is repeatedly sexually abused by several adults, including at one point her mother. Her father sets her up as a prostitute. Kerry finally calls Childline and is put ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kosminsky
Stars: Brooke Kinsella, Colin Salmon, Billy Geraghty
Adam (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After their child is abducted, John and Reve Walsh are trying to find him. But, shortly after that, Adam is found dead.

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, JoBeth Williams, Martha Scott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Joanne Van Buren
...
Matt Townsend
...
Eric Townsend
...
Sam Van Buren
...
Krantz
...
Harkins
...
Clark Thurlow
Marlene Warfield ...
Maxine
Jack Rader ...
Jack Donovan
...
Ramirez (as E.J. Castillo)
Peter Hobbs ...
Judge Dietrich
David A. Penhale ...
Roy
...
Mrs. Goralsky
...
Principal
Herta Ware ...
Mrs. Hartounian
Edit

Storyline

A social worker (Lindsay Wagner) starts working with a shy, withdrawn 6 year old (Taliesin Jaffe) whom she believes is the victim of sexual abuse.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

child abuse | See All (1) »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Llanto de niño  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kate gives Lindsay a role
29 October 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Lindsay Wagner is Joanne van Bulen, a social worker who is assigned to 6 year old Eric Townsend (Taliesin Jaffe), whom it is believed has been sexually abused.

Wagner wears her trademark long hair in a short style here, and plays Joanne simply. Although it is not a star role per se, Wagner has the sense not to try and upstage Jaffe, and to defer to the greater acting skill of Peter Coyote who plays Eric's father Matt. It's interesting that the movie is executive produced by actress Kate Jackson though Wagner is cast in the female lead role.

The teleplay by Jonathan B Rintels Jr and Norman Strum provides Joanne with a strained relationship with her father, and she projects some of that onto the situation with Eric and Eric's father. An epilogue notes that child testimony against alleged abusers is now accepted via closed circuit television, because of the trauma face to face testimony has on the alleged victim, especially being a young child.

Director Gilbert Cates gives us a child's point of view of the courtroom when Eric enters to give his testimony, and makes Coyote's short-tempered father amusing in his frustration when it is thought that Matt could be an abuser.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this listed as a Thriller on IMDb? Andrews_Girl
Discuss Child's Cry (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?