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God Bless the Child (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1988
Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.


Larry Elikann


Dennis Nemec
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mare Winningham ... Theresa Johnson
Grace Johnston ... Hillary Johnson
L. Scott Caldwell ... Althea Watkins
Obba Babatundé ... Raymond Watkins
Dorian Harewood ... Calvin Reed
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Sharee Watkins
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Kathleen
Yasiin Bey ... Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Bobby Gifford
Shawana Kemp Shawana Kemp ... Tracy Watkins
Charlayne Woodard ... Chandra Watkins (as Charlain Woodard)
Akuyoe Graham Akuyoe Graham ... Charlesletta (as Akuyoe)
Nicholas Podbrey Nicholas Podbrey ... Kenny
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... Elizabeth
Kate Lynch ... Carrie


Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Well done, non-preachy.
19 February 2002 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

I usually hate made-for-TV movies, but this one is excellent (yeah, and extremely depressing, but it's eye-opening). Mare Winningham is first-rate as a single mother caught in a cycle of homelessness and poverty with her young daughter after they're abandoned by the father and thrown out of their apartment. The scripter offers no easy way outs or fairy tale endings for these two and the film is surprisingly tough and real. It also does an admirable job illustrating how finding employment, a home and a sense of dignity are next to impossible if you're stuck out on the streets starting from scratch. It's really one of those movies with a most important, life-affirming message--don't for a second take what you have or the people in your life for granted. Harrowing stuff.

For the video inquiry--It was released on video (from WorldVision), but yeah, it's a b*tch to find. (I got my copy used at a video store).

Score: 9 out of 10.

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Release Date:

21 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Poverty See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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