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Improper Channels (1981)

A couple fights for justice to get their injured daughter out of a foster care center.

Director:

Eric Till

Writers:

Morrie Ruvinsky (screenplay), Ian Sutherland (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Jeffery Martley
Mariette Hartley ... Diana Martley
Monica Parker ... Gloria Washburn
Harry Ditson ... Harold Clevish
Sarah Stevens Sarah Stevens ... Nancy Martley
Danny Higham Danny Higham ... Jack
Leslie Yeo Leslie Yeo ... Fred Reeves
Richard W. Farrell Richard W. Farrell ... Fraser (as Richard Farrell)
Martin Yan ... Sherman Hu
Ruth Springford ... Mrs. Wharton
Tony Rosato ... Dr. Arpenthaler
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Motorcycle Cop
Harvey Atkin ... Police Sergeant
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Fraser's Assistant
Jessica Booker Jessica Booker ... Mrs. Gherkin
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Storyline

A father brings a young child to an emergency room to get treatment for a minor injury occurring in an innocent accident, but he gets accused of child abuse. Child welfare agencies commit grossly unfair over-reactions to remove the child forcibly from the Father (Arkin), who must brave the arcane system to reclaim his daughter. Written by Charles Lasner <lasner@sunsite.unc.edu>

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A comedy about getting even! See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Cara mamma, caro papà See more »

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Budget:

CAD 3,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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very funny yet disturbing
16 February 2006 | by tavivesSee all my reviews

I remember viewing this movie as a kid when it first came out and thinking how hysterical it was. I recently had the opportunity to view it again (I am now the father of a 4 year-old) and I still find it amusing but in a more sinister way. The dark side of this 1980 movie..how well- intentioned but terribly misguided people can completely turn an individuals life upside-down with their lack of forethought is an interesting premonition to our paranoid and callous society of today.

I also recently (through a friend) met Alan Arkin and relayed to him this disturbing sense I had about the movie and its (although admittedly unintentional) parallel to our current society of wiretapping and "erring on the side of caution." His response, although not unexpected, was that the subject of government intruding on the lives of individuals has always been one to interest him in films. Improper Channels is certainly in that vein.


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