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Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 1989
A caring community and variety of people nation-wide come together to rescue a baby who is trapped in an abandoned water well, but they have a short time before something bad might happen.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Chief Richard Czech
Fire Chief James Roberts
Cissy Mcclure
Chip Mcclure
Robert O'Donnell
Msha Investigator Thomas Kaye
Police Officer Andy Glasscock
Police Officer Manny Beltran
Jack Rader ...
Public Information Officer James White
Bill Jones
Richard Armstrong
Charles Boler
Steve Forbes
Robin Frates ...
Jamie Moore
Don Hood ...
Fire Captain Alan Doyle


Based on the true story of Jessica McClure who fell into a well while playing in her aunt's backyard. She was stuck in the well 22 feet down and it took rescuers 58 hours to get her out. There was fear that if they shook the earth too much with machinery, it could cause her to fall further down and die. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Release Date:

21 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

58 heures d'angoisse  »

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1.33 : 1
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The film takes place from October 14 to October 16, 1987. See more »

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Touching Story
6 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was about six years old. It had a profound effect on me. The story of Jessica McClure is one that will undoubtedly touch everyone who hears it. Jessica: Everybody's Baby vividly shows the events that took place on October 14, 1987. This is a movie that I'm sure will stay with me always. The movie begins with Jessica playing in the backyard. The majority of the movie is a heart-wrenching journey in which baby Jessica cries out for help while desperate paramedics struggle to rescue her. The emotional reactions of her family are also shown throughout the film. The ending is, in my opinion, the greatest part of the movie. I recommend having some tissues by your side.

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