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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)
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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
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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

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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Michelle Pfeiffer's first leading role. See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Performed by Barbara Barrie, Michelle Pfeiffer and the children
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Should be Sir Thomas

If Tom lived and did what he did here in England he would be Sir Tom now. What a wonderful man I watched the film and was extremely moved. If there were other great men/women like Tom the world would be a happier place. We should hear more about Tom although the film says it all. The USA should have given him The Con Medal of Honour. Plus any other honors they could find. What a great, great man. Such courage and determination I will always be a great admirer. I have recorded the film it has been shown in the UK on 01 January 2013. I am sure many many people here in England were moved by the film too and will write many comments. Here's to you Sir Thomas


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