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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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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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Child Lost Forever 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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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!
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Bad vehicle for a poignant story
8 January 2003 | by m.p.See all my reviews

This story of yet another small child, abused and battered to the point of death, is heartbreaking and poignant. Unfortunately, the actors and the movie itself just aren't up to the task. Almost everyone seemed like an amateur acting in a high school production, reading their lines in strangely stilted tones. Beverly D'Angelo's portrayal of the birth mother was so shockingly off-balance that I began to wonder why I never noticed what a poor actress she is. When trying to enlist the help of a reporter to investigate the possible murder of her son many years earlier, she reverts to flirting and teasing. When he asks her who the murder victim was, she answers with a big smile, bright eyes (still flirting) and a strangely triumphant grin on her face, "My son!" It was grotesque and repulsive. Initially the assistant D.A. who is going to prosecute the case is hostile and unsympathetic to the birth mother - the next thing you know, the A.D.A is trying to convince the victim's surviving brother to be a witness for the prosecution because she (the A.D.A) was "adopted too" blah, blah. We are never told or shown how this turn of heart came about. Eh...why go on, it's a heartbreaker but the acting was so bizarre and annoying it's almost unbearable to watch.


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