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Seduction in a Small Town (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  9 February 1997 (USA)
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Paul Jenks and his wife Sarah left California with their lovely son David and daughter Ivy and started a farm in his native small town. Sarah is a short-tempered vegetarian, who doesn't ... See full summary »

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Willa Jenks
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Reverend Mike Burke
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Laura Nash
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Lavonne Burke
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Alice Tuller
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Judith Dowd
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Paul Jenks and his wife Sarah left California with their lovely son David and daughter Ivy and started a farm in his native small town. Sarah is a short-tempered vegetarian, who doesn't really fit in the agricultural community. Sandy Barlow, a drifting accountant with shaky finances, envies their family happiness, worms her way in -as she does all over town-, fails to impress him with her female charms but pretends her aunt has the same hart disease as Sarah and asks the couple to spring her the money for an operation. When they answer they don't even have that much, everything is mortgaged, she swears revenge and takes it out on the whole family. Kristen Hadley, who didn't even finish her training in Social Services, buys the story Sandy gets five locals women to co-sign about child-abuse by Sarah, so the sheriff is send to take both young children away, and not just once for a day with Paul's parents... Written by KGF Vissers

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Something awry in America...
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film shows abuse of the system, spitefulness, mean-spiritedness in America. Yes, not a new topic; as one reviewer mentioned, movies of the week pander to the latest social hysteria. I have not seen the film about the McMartin trials, and have meant to, as this is a similar story. Yet another interesting film along these lines was "Capturing the Friedmans"; recently shown on HBO; they were from my hometown in NY, and that story dominated the headlines in 1988-89.

In this film, Melissa Gilbert portrays the mother,wrongfully accused. Joely Fisher is the instigator- apparently a borderline personality with an agenda of her own; a transient who is estranged from her own abused children. Dennis Weaver is very good as the father-in-law.

Apparently, the social services system has run amuck, and takes away Gilbert's children not once, but twice, based on rumor and innuendo. I would love to hear the true story; and hope Ms. Jenks filed a civil suit against the state. One reviewer above mentioned that social services has acquired too much power, which indeed may be the case. Also, the issue of corruption from within should be addressed, for example DFS in Florida, which stands guilty of many violations. The sad truth is we would probably be appalled at the infractions committed against children.

Perhaps the writer of this film could address these issues as well as "home-schooling"; which in Florida led to foster parents (former convicts) who were abusing and adopting children for profit, then claiming they were "home-schooled". Something is indeed wrong with the system in America.


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