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In the Best Interest of the Children (1992)

Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.



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


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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16 February 1992 (USA)  »

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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 »


[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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Referenced in Best in Show (2000) See more »

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Kickass NBC made for tv tearjerker
5 April 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Me and my sister were both credited in this film (as one of the cain children). Making it was a total blast. Sarah Jessica is one of the sweetest and most friendly people I have ever been on a job with. Based on a true story(we even got to meet our characters counterparts) this is a heartwrenching movie about a mentally inept mother who uses her many boyfriends to help her get the welfare checks that take care of her 5 children. The guys abuse and beat the children. Soon they are taken away to live with foster parents by DCFS. The foster mother becomes so attached to the kids; she wants to adopt. It is a very touching story and throughout you will learn of the many hardships of very unknown territories ventured by this disfunctional family. Lexi Randall, one of the best role models I have ever had, gives a heartwarming and emotional performance. Everyone will enjoy. SJP good luck with the pregnancy!! :)

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