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In the Best Interest of the Children (1992)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  16 February 1992 (USA)
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Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.

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Cast

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Patty Pepper
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Jessica Cain
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John Birney
Susan Barnes ...
Donna Evans
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Wanda Birney
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Harlan Pepper
Tom Hodges ...
Ray Jacobs
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Carla Scott
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Julie Cain
Lacey Guyon ...
Susan Cain
Amanda Laughlin ...
Cindy Cain (at 5)
Molly Laughlin ...
Cindy Cain (at 3)
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Tim Coffey
Sonny Stinnett ...
Baby Jason Cain
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Storyline

This story is about the five Cain children whose mother suffers from mental instability. When she is finally committed to an institution, the children are fostered by a childless couple who soon grow to love them as their own. Just as they are settling down to their new lives and enjoying the affection and warmth that they have never had, Callie re-appears in their life and decides she wants them back. The children's lives are in danger of being torn apart as they are caught up in a desperate tug of war between the mother they have learned to fear and the foster parents they have grown to love. Written by mahajanssen

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Dans le seul intérêt des enfants  »

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When Callie Cain runs out to her boyfriend's car screaming at him, she is carrying her baby Jason in her arms. As she kicks and lunges at the car you can see, in some scenes, that she is carrying a doll and not a real baby. See more »

Quotes

[In the school yard]
Susan Cain: [to the other children] Save it! You don't know nothing! Zero! Nothing!
Jessica: What happened?
Susan Cain: They say we stink, they say we wear garbage can clothes.
Jessica: You don't stink, they do. They're such butts.
Susan Cain: You butts!
Julie: Big butts!
Susan Cain: Big, fat, stinky butts!
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A good plain tearjerker!
11 December 2003 | by (Southern New Jersey USA) – See all my reviews

This movie makes me cry everytime. I truly wish the children's court would look beyond "for the best interest of the children" and look from a child's point of view. I know people who were in child protective custodies as children and who have not fully recovered from being shipped from home to home. Some who ended up with messed up lives, and some who came clean. This movie I think was very good. It reminds me alot of the book "Homecomming" which about four children trying to run away from the system and end up living in their grandmother's home, but this movie has a sad ending. If I were the kids, I'd keep on running to that loving home that every child dreams about.


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