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God Bless the Child (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  21 March 1988 (USA)
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Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

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Theresa Johnson
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Hillary Johnson
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Althea Watkins
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Raymond Watkins
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Calvin Reed
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Sharee Watkins
Davenia McFadden ...
Kathleen
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Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
Jose Soto ...
Bobby Gifford
Shawana Kemp ...
Tracy Watkins
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Chandra Watkins (as Charlain Woodard)
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Charlesletta (as Akuyoe)
Nicholas Podbrey ...
Kenny
Brenda Denmark ...
Elizabeth
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Carrie
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Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Well done, non-preachy.
19 February 2002 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

I usually hate made-for-TV movies, but this one is excellent (yeah, and extremely depressing, but it's eye-opening). Mare Winningham is first-rate as a single mother caught in a cycle of homelessness and poverty with her young daughter after they're abandoned by the father and thrown out of their apartment. The scripter offers no easy way outs or fairy tale endings for these two and the film is surprisingly tough and real. It also does an admirable job illustrating how finding employment, a home and a sense of dignity are next to impossible if you're stuck out on the streets starting from scratch. It's really one of those movies with a most important, life-affirming message--don't for a second take what you have or the people in your life for granted. Harrowing stuff.

For the video inquiry--It was released on video (from WorldVision), but yeah, it's a b*tch to find. (I got my copy used at a video store).

Score: 9 out of 10.


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