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The Broken Cord (1992)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 3 February 1992
David Norwell, an anthropology professor, wants to adopt a child even though he is single. He is finally given a Native American child who might be slightly different from other children. ... See full summary »

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David Norwell
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Suzanne
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Adam, as a boy
Fredrick Leader-Charge ...
Adam as a teen
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Allison Chapman
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Emil Bear Heart (as Raoul Trujillo)
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Frank Cree
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Harris McPhee
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Duane Buckanagee
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Pamela
Frank Burning ...
Adam #3
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Judy Jensen
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ...
Sonya Simmonds
Judith Orban ...
Lead Teacher
Judy Sinclair ...
Mrs. Miller
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David Norwell, an anthropology professor, wants to adopt a child even though he is single. He is finally given a Native American child who might be slightly different from other children. In fact, Adam, the child, soon starts showing signs of mental illness. Through the years, David tries to help his son overcome his disability but he finds it difficult when Adam won't help himself. It is later discovered that Adam was born from an alcoholic mother and is the cause of his problems. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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3 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Der lange Weg ins Leben  »

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Fictionalized account of writer Michael Dorris' life and adoption of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See more »

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Better title would be "The Unbroken Bored"
14 November 2001 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Some may go for a film like this but I most assuredly did not. A college professor, David Norwell, suddenly gets a yen for adoption. He pretty much takes the first child offered, a bad choice named Adam. As it turns out Adam doesn't have both oars in the water which, almost immediately, causes untold stress and turmoil for Dr. Norwell. This sob story drolly played out with one problem after another, all centered around Adam's inabilities and seizures. Why Norwell wanted to complicate his life with an unknown factor like an adoptive child was never explained. Along the way the good doctor managed to attract a wifey to share in all the hell the little one was dishing out. Personally, I think both of them were one beer short of a sixpack. Bypass this yawner.


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