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Butterbox Babies (1995)

A couple operates a shady maternity home in 1930s/1940s Nova Scotia. Based on a true story.


Don McBrearty


Raymond Storey
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Clark ... Lila Young
Peter MacNeill ... William Young
Catherine Fitch Catherine Fitch ... Iris
Michael Riley ... Russell Cameron
Cedric Smith ... Frank Davis
Nicholas Campbell ... Clayton Oliver
Corinne Conley ... Mrs. Chadway
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Senator Danver
Shannon Lawson ... Ann O'Dwyer
Steven Sutcliffe Steven Sutcliffe ... Peter
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Dorothy / Daisy
Dan MacDonald Dan MacDonald ... Frederick Coolen
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ... Eva / Rose
Peter Faussett Peter Faussett ... Walter Lang
Graham McPherson Graham McPherson ... Dr. Smith


A couple operates a shady maternity home in 1930s/1940s Nova Scotia. Based on a true story.

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Release Date:

28 January 1995 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A szülőotthon rejtélye See more »

Filming Locations:

Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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A Sad True Story, With Outstanding Direction and Performance of the Cast
17 February 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1938, in Nova Scotia, Canada, close to Halifax, the greed midwife Lila Young (Susan Clark) entitles herself as obstetrician and receives single mothers for a discrete childbirth and further adoption of the baby. Many years later, it was revealed that she charged the women for the birth and charge the candidates high amounts for the adoption. The babies not adopted were put together with the sick ones to die and buried in wooden boxes of butter in a clandestine cemetery. These events really happened in a location close to Halifax, in Canada, in a period along the Second World War. All the cast has an outstanding performance, but Susan Clark is perfect. The community has accepted her job, and the story does not show Lila only as a greed woman, but also as a deranged woman believing in the importance of her assignment and using the name of God to justify it. Although being excellent, this disturbing story is not indicated for all audiences. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Uma Cova Para os Anjos' (`A Grave For the Angels')

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