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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.

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Claudia Weill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly D'Angelo ... Jerry Sherwood
Dana Ivey ... Lois Jurgens
Michael McGrady ... Dennis
Max Gail ... Harold 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
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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>

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During the trial of Lois Jurgens, Dennis' brother, Robert, said he was not shocked when he saw the morgue photos of Dennis' badly bruised body because he was used to seeing Dennis' body covered in bruises. 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!
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Heartbreakingly Wonderful
13 June 2019 | by SabrinaMBowenSee all my reviews

I first saw this film when it originally aired and it affected me so deeply that decades later, when I myself became a parent, I found myself with a real need to rewatch it. After more than a year of searching, I finally found it. All these years later it still breaks my heart, still touches me, still terrifies me. Excellent story, it's too bad it's largely true - no one deserves this!


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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

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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