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Ellen Foster (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  14 December 1997 (USA)
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After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

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Leonora Nelson
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Ellen Foster
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Bill Hammond
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Charlotte Nelson Hammond
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Aunt Nadine
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Aunt Betsy
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Abigail Montford
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Educational Psychologist
Lynne Moody ...
Mrs. Douglas
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Mr. Douglas
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Judge
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Julia Hobbs
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Roy Hobbs
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Dora
Allison Jones ...
Starletta Douglas
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After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

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Rated PG-13 for some abusive treatment of a child | See all certifications »
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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Ellen Foster (#47.2)  »

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A tour de force for Jena Malone
8 July 2000 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Because the passage of years has a way of fogging most adults' memories of their own "childhoods" - especially in the intangible areas of feelings, hopes, hurts, decisions, goals, strategies, etc., they will often conclude that "children" are sort of non-sentient, non-human beings - blank pages in-putting a stream of data for use in their later, more important after metamorphosis existence. I read a review once of "The Cure", a movie starring young actors Joseph Mazzello and Brad Renfro, where a critic in a backhanded compliment called them "two of the best pre-actors around." I suppose that was because, being under twenty-one, they must be "pre-people." Judging by a few of Jena Malone's recent public remarks, not to mention her own real-life experiences, I'm sure she would object to such an attitude. Certainly, her film career belies that attitude. The movie "Ellen Foster" is a good case in point. In it she portrays an eleven year-old girl who, when buffeted by the cruelty and insensitivity of the supposed wise adult world responsible for her care, sets out determinedly to shape a world for herself that does make sense. Ellen belongs to no one but her own unique really human self.

However, it isn't just the character who achieves the point. More important, by her powerful performance, Miss Malone certainly proves she is an actor - and person - of substance. Her ability to read and interpret with such perception and sensitivity the inner being of Ellen as she goes through her trials and sets out on her steadfast quest is precisely on point. This movie is a tour de force for Jena Malone. In the field of acting, she takes a back seat to no one ... of any age.


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