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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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Callie Cain
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John Birney
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Wanda Birney
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Harlan Pepper
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Ray Jacobs
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Carla Scott
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Cindy Cain (at 5)
Molly Laughlin ...
Cindy Cain (at 3)
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Tim Coffey
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Baby Jason Cain
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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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When Callie Cain returns from grocery shopping, she shows Jessie the cartons of milk she bought. When she picks them up, one by one, in one hand and sets them back down its obvious the cartons are empty. See more »

Quotes

Patty Pepper: [First meets the Cain Children] Well Hi.
Jason Cain: [Waving] Hi!
Patty Pepper: Hi I'm Patty Pepper and this is my Husband Harland. Now who do we have here?
Donna Evans: Well this is Jessie, and this is baby Jason, Julie, Susie and Cindy.
Patty Pepper: Well aren't you a bunch of cuties! You must be exhausted. Are you hungry? I bet you are.
Jason Cain: [Giving a big cute smile]
Patty Pepper: What a little dream boat. Here why don't you let me take him for you?
Jessica: It's OK I can do it.
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In the Best Interest of the Children
11 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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