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God Bless the Child (1988)

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
Jennifer Leigh Warren ...
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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21 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Theresa goes to the welfare office to try to qualify for assistance. The social worker asks: "Do you have a boyfriend or is there any other man in your life right now?" And when Theresa says No, the worker replies "You are required to notify this office should that situation change." This is incorrect. Theresa is only required to notify the office if her boyfriend is living WITH her in the apartment. See more »

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An Unforgettable Drama as Tragic and Common as Life today!
31 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mare Winningham plays the role of a single mother who must struggle without a job and a home with a young child. The film is memorable because she must make the most difficult choice that any parent can make of whether her only child should remain with her on the streets, in rat-infested apartments, in shelters, after friends and family can't help them out anymore. This issue is not new but as old as time itself where parents must struggle to make the most difficult decision of turning her child over to foster care and the state or live on the streets. The final scene is just heartbreaking so have your tissues ready to wipe the tears away.


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