CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
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After a series of bad luck, a single mother and her sons become homeless and are forced to live in their car.


Kevin Hooks


Steve Faigenbaum (story), Kathryn Montgomery (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Kelsey ... Susan Palmer
Rossie Harris ... Jeff Palmer (as Ross Harris)
Kelley Dunn Kelley Dunn ... Jenny (as Kelly Dunn)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Johnny
Michael Faustino Michael Faustino ... Jimmy (as Michael James Faustino)
Sheila Wills Sheila Wills ... Shelter Director
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Buddy
Alison McMillan ... T.J.
Raymond Singer ... Teacher
Kellie Overbey ... Molly
Patricia Wilson ... Volunteer (as Patricia J. Wilson)
Evelyn Guerrero Evelyn Guerrero ... Nurse
Huck Liggett Huck Liggett ... Manager
John Moskal John Moskal ... Animal Control Officer #1
Cynthia Harrington ... Animal Control Officer #2


After a series of bad luck, a single mother and her sons become homeless and are forced to live in their car.

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Home Sweet Homeless
5 December 2001 | by AppleAsylumSee all my reviews

I don't think I ever would have watched this movie being that it is a CBS Schoolbreak Special. But, my roomate who in 1987 along with his twin brother, older brother, & mother, were homeless...turns out, the CBS network was looking for a family to do a story on. They approached his family & made an offer ($) that would help them. After, all the interviewing with him & his family, the result became a script to then become a movie. The story is about a typical everyday family who goes homeless, not due to drugs, nor due to laziness. It just happened. It shows that it can happen to ANYONE! They spent a little over a month living in their car. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster. The family cooks cans of beans on their car motor just to have a hot meal. Most people will see that as the heart wrenching part, but I can honestly say the sadest scenes of this movie is watching this helpless family go thru all these desperate times & still stick together. I wish there would a been a sequel. Maybe a Home Sweet Homeless 10 years Later...if you do see this movie, here is a quick update... The money CBS shelled out to this family was spent on a new apartment & putting the mother thru school. The mother is now a successful career woman that works with the goverment. The eldest son went on to become a designer in a museum. As for the twins, well, one of them owns a successful music company in the south & my roomate works as a colorest for the #1 hair salon in the United States. Thanks to CBS for making a great movie. Most of all, thank you for reaching out & giving a little bit of help that obviously went a LONG way!! Z. 1-10 (10+)

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29 March 1988 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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