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Writer (WGA):
Dennis Nemec (written by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1988 (USA) See more »
Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Well done, non-preachy. See more (22 total) »


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Mare Winningham ... Theresa Johnson

Grace Johnston ... Hillary Johnson

L. Scott Caldwell ... Althea Watkins

Obba Babatundé ... Raymond Watkins

Dorian Harewood ... Calvin Reed
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Sharee Watkins
Davenia McFadden ... Kathleen

Yasiin Bey ... Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
Jose Soto ... Bobby Gifford
Shawana Kemp ... Tracy Watkins

Charlayne Woodard ... Chandra Watkins (as Charlain Woodard)

Akuyoe Graham ... Charlesletta (as Akuyoe)
Nicholas Podbrey ... Kenny
Brenda Denmark ... Elizabeth

Kate Lynch ... Carrie

Jayne Eastwood ... Mrs. Prentice
Kelly Ricard

Lorena Gale ... Rosalie Davis

Ali Giron ... Woman in Shelter
Joan Austen
Jeannie Walker
David De Sanctis
Michelle Sweeney
Jacqueline Lamarre
Damilola Amurawaiye
Jason Burke
Vlasta Vrana ... Harold Matthews

Timothy Webber ... Dr. Chaney
Charles S. Doucet
Arthur Holden
B.J. Reed
Lois Dellar
Sylvia Bonnett
Felicia Shulman (as Felicia Schulman)
Victoria Kogan
Philip Pretten
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Elikann 
Writing credits
Dennis Nemec (written by)

Produced by
Andras Hamori .... producer
Denis Héroux .... producer
Dennis Nemec .... co-producer
Bruce J. Sallan .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
Laszlo George 
Film Editing by
Peter V. White 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
Wendy Kurtzman 
Clare Walker 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
Set Decoration by
Frances Calder 
Costume Design by
Nicole Pelletier 
Makeup Department
Jocelyne Bellemare .... key makeup artist
Serge Morache .... assistant hair stylist
Benjamin Robin .... hair stylist
Nathalie Trépanier .... makeup artist: extras
Production Management
Jean Desormeaux .... production manager
William P. Owens .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Thatcher .... assistant director
Art Department
Tristan Tondino .... head scenic artist
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Don Cohen .... sound
Special Effects by
Jacques Godbout .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sophie Beasse .... key wardrobe dresser
Location Management
Ken Korrall .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: When Theresa is first looking at her low-income apartment, we see lost of holes & other damage in the walls. The damage changes & even disappears in later scenes.See more »
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Features "The Price Is Right" (1972)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Well done, non-preachy., 19 February 2002
Author: capkronos ( from Ohio, USA

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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