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
Deborah Duchene ...
Allison Chapman
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Emil Bear Heart (as Raoul Trujillo)
Billy Merasty ...
Frank Cree
Keith Dinicol ...
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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Fictionalized account of writer Michael Dorris' life and adoption of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See more »

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Comments on the movie The Broken Cord
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has been years since I have been privileged to see this movie on TV. I only wish I could contact someone to see it again. I married a man with three children and two had Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I didn't' realize this but seeing this movie helped me understand more about their problems and more about how I can love them and help them overcome their difficulties. My step-son is now 35 and thank the Lord he has blossomed wonderfully but still has many after affects of being born by an alcoholic mother. We speak every month to Rehab patients with alcohol and drug addictions and this sharing has truly made monumental changes in their behaviors and endeavors to start out a new life not addicted to drugs and alcohol. Please please let me know how I can get a copy VHS or DVD of this movie or when they will show the movie again on TV. If you have not been in these shoes, you probably could never understand its value. Thank you so very much.


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