CBS Afternoon Playhouse: Season 3, Episode 1

The Great Gilly Hopkins (9 Jan. 1981)

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Unwanted foster child is bounced around the system as she looks for a home.


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Episode credited cast:
Tricia Cast ...
Mamie Trotter
Edith Atwater ...
Mrs. Rutherford
Catherine Ellis
Joel Fluellen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kari Ann Patterson ...
Agnes Stokes
Ricky Slyter


Unwanted foster child is bounced around the system as she looks for a home.

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Drama | Romance





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9 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Though only an hour long, this adaptation of Katherine Patterson's youth novel is rather entertaining. Jodie Foster, though doing her patented "troubled teen" role, runs the emotional gamut as a kid who tells lies to avoid facing reality. Her foster family (though not credited, Mrs. Trotter has a geeky little boy who serves as Gilly's punching bag/confidant) I have not seen this in a long time (not since Nickelodeon dropped their "Special Delivery" programming of old school favorites like "Really Rosie" and "The Electric Grandmother.) It is a little dated, and there is room for it to be remade (especially depending on the success of "The Bridge to Terabithia.")

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