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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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Make Your Move
Composed by Maribeth Solomon and Micky Erbe
Performed by Colina Phillips
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A Great Movie
7 March 2006 | by njtocSee all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie hasn't made it to DVD. I think people tend to take it too seriously. It's a hilarious satire aimed squarely at the nanny state attitude prevailing in much of the civilized world nowadays. Alan Arkin is masterful in a role that challenges his wonderful Sheldon Kornpet in the "In-laws" while Marriette Hartley looks cute and plays the straight role of the disbelieving wife and mother. The other characters are all wonderful caricatures put in place to harass the Martleys as their daughter is summarily taken from them by a bureaucratic boob ( Gloria ) who believes that her sole purpose in life is to help people whether they want it or not.( "Everyone in this country has the right to be helped" Her boss, the self important, sinister, amoral.ambitious and Infinitely geeky Harold Cleevish provides the other half of a social welfare system gone amok. Arkin, at first disbelieving of all the chaos erupting around him decides to take decisive action to get even and out from under a system gone mad. The ending is superb. Not to be missed!!!


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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:

CAD3,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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