Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing ... See full summary »

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Elmer Jackson
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Anna Jackson
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Florence Jackson
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Dr. Northfield
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Richard 1
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Ellis 1
Lance Verwoerd ...
Raymond 1 (as Lance)
Gary Verwoerd ...
Raymond 1
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Sitter (as Jennifer Griffin)
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Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing trumped-up charges of parental neglect) places the boys into various foster homes and institutions, unaware of the abuse that boys would then be subjected to. The conditions imposed by the court and the difficulties caused by the Depression make Jackson's determined and vigorous quest to find his boys extremely difficult. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Dr. Northfield: So as far as you know your father really liked you boys?
Richard 3: Oh sure - whoever said different?
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My Favorite Movie
14 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to say that this movie was the best i have seen in a long time. It has so many different emotions in it. I think it is one of Mark Harmons best movies. The only problem i have is i cant get it on DVD only have it on video.So i think everyone should watch this movie and let me know what they thought of it.. It really makes u think what it must of been like for single parents in that day and age mind u it hasn't changed a lot. I cant believe they would do that to children even then. But i do think everyone should watch it like i said it was one of Mark Harmons best movies.. Can anyone help me get this great movie on DVD please let me know as i cant get it here in Australia thanks.


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