6.7/10
218
13 user 1 critic

The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)

Based on the true story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Michaels

Writer:

Lee Hutson (teleplay)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fredric Lehne ... Tom Butterfield (as Fred Lehne)
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Jennifer Williams
Matt Clark ... Bill Westbrook
Noble Willingham ... McNaulty
Anne Haney ... Mrs. Lightheart
Joey Turley Joey Turley ... Joey
Barbara Barrie ... Hanna
Jerry Hardin ... Dr. Watson
F. William Parker ... George Meuschke
Earl Boen ... Madden
Ryan Barcroft Ryan Barcroft ... The Butter Boys - Andrew
Patrick Holcer Patrick Holcer ... The Butter Boys - Dwayne
James Spinks III James Spinks III ... The Butter Boys - Zim
Van Stapleton Van Stapleton ... The Butter Boys - Bobby
Gary Riefle Gary Riefle ... The Butter Boys - Pete
Edit

Storyline

Based on the true story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to become a legal foster parent in the state of Missouri. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Michelle Pfeiffer's first leading role. See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
(uncredited)
Written by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore
Performed by Barbara Barrie, Michelle Pfeiffer and the children
See more »

User Reviews

 
A wonderful true life story
27 January 2007 | by msmovieholicSee all my reviews

Frederic Lehne stars as the real-life Tom Butterfield, a college student distressed by the plight of homeless children. He'd like to adopt a few of these kids, but Missouri law prohibits such a circumstance for an unmarried man. At great personal cost to himself both financially and emotionally, the 21-year-old Butterfield becomes the youngest single adult ever to be granted a foster-parent license, using this privilege to set up a Boy's Town-like home for unwanted youngsters. Lehne's costar is Michelle Pfeiffer, on the threshold of bigger things. Tom Butterfield, the subject of The Children Nobody Wanted, died less than a year after this TV movie's debut. I wonderful real life movie, showing the difference one man can do.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los niños que nadie quería See more »

Filming Locations:

Marshall, Missouri, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed