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Ellen Foster (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 14 December 1997
After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Kaye Gibbons (novel), Maria Nation (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Harris ... Leonora Nelson
Jena Malone ... Ellen Foster
Ted Levine ... Bill Hammond
Glynnis O'Connor ... Charlotte Nelson Hammond
Debra Monk ... Aunt Nadine
Barbara Garrick ... Aunt Betsy
Kate Burton ... Abigail Montford
Zeljko Ivanek ... Educational Psychologist
Lynne Moody ... Mrs. Douglas
Bill Nunn ... Mr. Douglas
Dick O'Neill ... Judge
Amanda Peet ... Julia Hobbs
Timothy Olyphant ... Roy Hobbs
Kimberly J. Brown ... Dora
Allison Jones Allison Jones ... Starletta Douglas
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Storyline

After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some abusive treatment of a child | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Ellen Foster (#47.2) See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There is an actress in this movie named Debra Monk. This movie also stars Ted Levine who would later costar in Monk (2002) See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Remember (Christmas)
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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Jena Malone shines!
3 February 2003 | by elizabeth-32See all my reviews

This is a beautiful story about a young girl's (Malone) search for a stable, permanent place to call HOME. After her mother dies, she's sent to a series of different homes. For one reason or another, none of them work out. Then something happens (I don't want to give away the story here) that gives her hope of finding the home she longs for. She displays extraordinary strength and courage throughout the film. Despite everything she's put through, she never gives up. This was a moving and inspirational film. Jena Malone is excellent, truly one of the finest young actors in the business. She gives an outstanding performance in this film. It worth seeing just for that, if nothing else.


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