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Ellen Foster (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 14 December 1997
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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonora Nelson
Ellen Foster
Charlotte Nelson Hammond
Aunt Nadine
Aunt Betsy
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Educational Psychologist
Lynne Moody ...
Mrs. Douglas
Mr. Douglas
Julia Hobbs
Roy Hobbs
Allison Jones ...
Starletta Douglas


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some abusive treatment of a child | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Ellen Foster (#47.2)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »


Remember (Christmas)
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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It's all about acting......
3 January 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I think it'd be a fair assessment that most - heck, ALL Hallmark TV movies are guaranteed to send a message to the viewer, plucking the heartstrings the whole while. And that is certainly true of this movie as well. But this particular film has something special going for it that perhaps the others do not - and that is superlative acting. Young Jena Malone is a major talent who I hope will be given every opportunity to strut her stuff in the future. And Julie Harris is deliciously evil in her role as the Grandmother.

Ted Levine as the uncaring, self-centered alcoholic father....perfection! This is again a situation where the actor rises above the material to turn in a performance that another actor could have easily utilized for his best scenery chewing. Mr. Levine is one of the finest - and in my opinion - most underused actors around today. Let's just hope that for him, like Ms. Malone, every opportunity will be afforded him in the future to dazzle us with his outstanding ability. He simply shines in everything he does!

Did I like this film? You bet! Is it for everyone? Perhaps not - but see it for the ACTING, if nothing else. Enjoy.

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