6.8/10
336
10 user 1 critic

A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (1992)

In the 1970's, a teenager staying in an unwed mothers' institution is forced to give up her baby. Eighteen years later, she discovers that her child is dead, and that he was possibly murdered by his religiously -strict adoptive mom.

Director:

Claudia Weill
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

David (TV Movie 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The true story of David Rothenberg whose disturbed father set him on fire.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Bernadette Peters, John Glover, Dan Lauria
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Fact-based story about a Boston furrier and his pregnant wife who was shot in their car on October 23, 1989. The wife and child subsequently died. The husband then told that his attacker ... See full summary »

Director: Jerrold Freedman
Stars: Ken Olin, Margaret Colin, Annabella Price
Twisted Desire (TV Movie 1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A teenage girl convinces a young, love-struck ex-con that the only way they can be together is to do away with her domineering parents. Based on actual events.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Daniel Baldwin, Jeremy Jordan
Thriller | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

True crime story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide who hired teenaged students to murder her estranged husband.

Stars: Ann-Margret, Peter Coyote, Leslie Hope
Breaking Through (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality.

Director: Fred Gerber
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Kellie Martin, Alan Rosenberg
Cries from the Heart (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Michael, a young autistic boy who has trouble with verbalization but a real talent for technology, uses a computer to plead for help after being molested at his school.

Director: Michael Switzer
Stars: Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Bradley Pierce
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A teen girl is stalked and harassed by a perverted man ten years older than she is, but despite help from her family, there's little the police can do to get rid of him.

Director: Corey Allen
Stars: Shanna Reed, John Martin, LuAnne Ponce
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This is the fact-based made-for-TV movie of Laurie Kellog, who was accused of the murder of her husband Bruce in May 1992, told in flashbacks while she's waiting for her judgment. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Stars: Gregory Harrison, Jennie Garth, Steven Keats
Lethal Vows (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A seemingly upstanding, caring husband and father, Dr. David Farris, is accused of foul play by his ex-wife Ellen regarding the mysterious death of his subsequent wife Lorraine. To prove ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider
Stars: John Ritter, Marg Helgenberger, Megan Gallagher
A Matter of Justice (TV Movie 1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story about the mother of a murder victim seeking to bring her son's widow to justice and gain custody of her granddaughter.

Director: Michael Switzer
Stars: Patty Duke, Martin Sheen, Alexandra Powers
A Case for Life (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To save her unborn child, she had to fight for the right to die. A True Story

Director: Eric Laneuville
Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Gregg Almquist, Vincent Berry
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A woman discovers that the accidental death of her daughter was tied to an insurance scam in this fact-based movie.

Director: Noel Nosseck
Stars: Peggy Lipton, Danica McKellar, Terry David Mulligan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly D'Angelo ... Jerry Sherwood
Dana Ivey ... Lois Jurgens
Michael McGrady ... Dennis
Max Gail ... Mr. Jurgens
Hank Stratton ... Robert Jurgens
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Melinda Elledge
Brent Jennings ... Clayton Robinson
Gary Grubbs ... Ron Meehan
Tuck Milligan
Mackenzie Astin ... Dennis Sherwood
Jennifer Lynn McComb Jennifer Lynn McComb ... (as Jennifer McComb)
Will Patton ... Frank Maxwell
Barbara Tarbuck ... Dr. Sackarow
Melissa Clayton ... Dawn
Mary Pat Gleason ... Mrs. Rory
Edit

Storyline

Teen-age mother (D'Angelo) is forced to give up her baby for adoption and, 19 years later, when she tries to contact her son, she learns that he died, under questionable circumstances when he was three years old. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jerry Sherwood Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dennis was the second child adopted by Lois and Harold Jurgens. After trying unsuccessfully for sixteen years to have a child of their own, they adopted a son, Robert. Three years later they adopted Dennis. See more »

Goofs

While in the movie, the murder was mentioned as happened in 1976, it actually happened 11 years earlier in 1965. See more »

Quotes

Clayton Robinson: What did Lois do when Dennis started gagging?
Marie Vinton: She said, "if you throw up, you're gonna eat it".
Clayton Robinson: And what happened after she made that statement?
Marie Vinton: [voice breaks] Dennis threw up.
Clayton Robinson: And what did Lois do, if anything, in regard to that?
Marie Vinton: [on the verge of tears] She fed it to him.
The Judge: [stunned] Pardon?
Marie Vinton: [cries in disgust] Vomit - she fed him vomit!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Based on a true story
5 January 2003 | by lolizerzSee all my reviews

A teenage mom is forced to give up her baby boy for adoption. 19 years later, as she tries to find her son again, she learns that he died in his foster home at the age of three. Nobody thought relevant that the birth mother be informed. She discovers that he has in fact been murdered at the hands of his foster mother.

Based on "A death in White Bear Lake" book, this movie stays close enough to the real story, but fails to bring out the fact that the whole community knew and covered the abuse of this child for years (before, and after he was murdered).

It was a great TV movie, way different than your usual abused-kid-of-the-week afternoon flick, and I really wish somebody would release it !


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed