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
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 »
This movie is one of the best if not the best for accurately portraying the roles of Human Resource Departments all over. I am a social worker and this movie hit home in several areas. The actors and actresses all did a wonderful job. Sarah Jessica Parker's portrayal of a conflicted mother with mental problems was believable and wonderful. The girl who played Jessica did an outstanding job as the oldest child who was the "adult" to her younger siblings. This movie was just outstanding all the way around. The supporting actors and actresses strengthened the title roles. Sally Struthers was brilliant as a foster mom who wanted children. Her portrayal was true to life in that in my job I have experienced similar tactics by foster parents wanting to adopt the children placed with them, even though reunification is trying to be worked for with the biological parent. It happens all the time. BRAVO! We need more realistic portrayals like this movie.
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