Bob and Joanna, both over 40 years old, have a baby with the Down syndrome. Their doctor advises them to give the child away, not to "waste their time" with a kid with a mental deficiency. ... See full summary »

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Georgia Allen ...
Nurse #2
Zachary M. Allen ...
David (3 1 / 2 & 5 years)
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Grandpa
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Parent #2
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Dr. Gastner (as Warde Butler)
Franklin Newton Carroll Jr. ...
Alex (1 year)
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Mr. La Polla
Joey Chavez ...
Mr. Salazar
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Bob Goodman
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Joanna Goodman
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Mrs. Page (as Ja'net Dubois)
Margaret Giannini ...
The Doctor (as Dr. Margaret Giannini)
Charlene Gowen ...
Parent #1
Alice Heffernan-Sneed ...
Nurse #1
Tony Higgins ...
Soccer coach
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Bob and Joanna, both over 40 years old, have a baby with the Down syndrome. Their doctor advises them to give the child away, not to "waste their time" with a kid with a mental deficiency. But the parents decide to keep their son, to allow him a life with dignity and to support him as best as possible. And their devotion bears fruit... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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8 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Niños como estos  »

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Obviously made for television, but nice!
26 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the earlier reviewer is correct in that this made-for-TV movie lacks a certain amount of depth, it is still a very lovely and hopeful look at the problems and rewards of raising a child with Down's Syndrome. The screenplay, written by Emily Perl Kingsley, is a largely autobiographical account of the experiences she and her husband had raising their son. Perhaps the most touching moment of the film is when Tyne Daly, speaking to a group about Down's children, reads Ms. Kingley's seminal "Welcome to Holland" essay.

There were many wonderful performances in the movie, most notably Ms. Daly and Richard Crenna. While this film doesn't dwell on the myriad problems facing those who care for the mentally-impaired, I think it does present the ways in which love and faith can make wonderful things arise out of the most tragic circumstances. And I don't think you can ask more of a movie-of-the week.


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