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The Broken Cord (1992)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 3 February 1992
David Norwell, an anthropology professor, wants to adopt a child even though he is single. He is finally given a Native American child who might be slightly different from other children. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Olin

Writers:

Michael Dorris (book), Ann Beckett (teleplay)
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Smits ... David Norwell
Kim Delaney ... Suzanne
Michael Spears ... Adam, as a boy
Fredrick Leader-Charge Fredrick Leader-Charge ... Adam as a teen
Deborah Duchene ... Allison Chapman
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Emil Bear Heart (as Raoul Trujillo)
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Frank Cree
Keith Dinicol ... Harris McPhee
August Schellenberg ... Duane Buckanagee
Geneviève Appleton ... Pamela
Frank Burning Frank Burning ... Adam #3
Chapelle Jaffe ... Judy Jensen
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ... Sonya Simmonds
Judith Orban Judith Orban ... Lead Teacher
Judy Sinclair Judy Sinclair ... Mrs. Miller
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Storyline

David Norwell, an anthropology professor, wants to adopt a child even though he is single. He is finally given a Native American child who might be slightly different from other children. In fact, Adam, the child, soon starts showing signs of mental illness. Through the years, David tries to help his son overcome his disability but he finds it difficult when Adam won't help himself. It is later discovered that Adam was born from an alcoholic mother and is the cause of his problems. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der lange Weg ins Leben See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fictionalized account of writer Michael Dorris' life and adoption of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See more »

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excellent movie
2 March 2006 | by bichselrSee all my reviews

A very good film, focusing on a very important issue. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a very serious birth defect that is totally preventable. If more families saw this film, perhaps more children would not end up like Adam. Jimmie Smits performs in one of his best roles ever. This is an excellent movie that takes into account a very special family with very important needs. This is not unlike thousands of families that exist in the United States today. There are children struggling with this world wide. The really important point here is that it all could have been prevented. More people should see this movie and take what it has to say seriously. It is well done, with important messages, handled in a graceful way.


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