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Writers (WGA):
Kaye Gibbons (novel)
Maria Nation (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 December 1997 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Julie Harris ... Leonora Nelson

Jena Malone ... Ellen Foster

Ted Levine ... Bill Hammond

Glynnis O'Connor ... Charlotte Nelson Hammond

Debra Monk ... Aunt Nadine

Barbara Garrick ... Aunt Betsy

Kate Burton ... Abigail Montford

Zeljko Ivanek ... Educational Psychologist
Lynne Moody ... Mrs. Douglas

Bill Nunn ... Mr. Douglas

Dick O'Neill ... Judge

Amanda Peet ... Julia Hobbs

Timothy Olyphant ... Roy Hobbs

Kimberly J. Brown ... Dora
Allison Jones ... Starletta Douglas
Sean Allan
Chera Bailey (as Cheralynn Bailey)

Lorena Gale

Charles Woods Gray ... Alvin (as Charles W. Gray)

Michael Hogan ... Principal
Helen Honeywell
Don MacKay
Sheila Moore
Sheila Paterson

Brent Stait
Helen Taylor
Neil Vipond
Davenia McFadden ... Mavis

Directed by
John Erman 
Writing credits
Kaye Gibbons (novel)

Maria Nation (teleplay) and
William Hanley (teleplay)

Produced by
John Erman .... producer
Brent Shields .... co-executive producer
Ruth Slawson .... co-executive producer
Gerrit van der Meer .... supervising producer
Richard Welsh .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Brian West 
Film Editing by
Bill Blunden 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Olivia Harris 
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Fred Harpman 
Set Decoration by
Lin MacDonald 
Costume Design by
Linda Matheson 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... key hair stylist
Jan Newman .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Mary Guilfoyle .... production manager
Karen Mayeda Vranek .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seanna McPherson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Claridge .... construction coordinator
Lorne Poole .... set dresser
Chris Sneddon .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Gordon Anderson .... sound mixer (as Gord Anderson)
Gordon Anderson .... sound (as Gord Anderson)
Oliver Barth .... dialogue editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator
Kristi Johns .... adr editor
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor (as Joseph Melody)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Greene .... still photographer
Paul Guenette .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
John W. Scott .... gaffer
Michael Taschereau .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Ann Summers .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
George Carlston .... colorist: dailies
Kurt Moritz .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor (as Joseph Debeasi)
Transportation Department
Barry Chapman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Deborah Bacquel .... production accountant
Charles Woods Gray .... dialect director (as Charles W. Gray)
Joel Hurley .... location scout
Sue Kittler .... production assistant
Karen Nadon .... assistant production accountant
Peter Pantages .... assistant location manager
RuDee Sade .... adr artist (as RuDee Lipscomb)
Darcy Wild .... assistant location manager

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Also Known As:
"Hallmark Hall of Fame: Ellen Foster (#47.2)" - USA (anthology series)
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Rated PG-13 for some abusive treatment of a child
Israel:94 min | USA:120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Edited into "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's all about acting......, 3 January 2002
Author: karen (kmvtmaid) from New York, NY

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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