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Yesterday's Children (2000)

Jenny Cole lives with her husband and son in middle America. She is pregnant and starts to have very vivid dreams about a small city that has a big church. She then starts talking to her ... See full summary »


Marcus Cole


Jenny Cockell (book), Sarah Bird | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Seymour ... Jenny Cole / Mary Sutton
Clancy Brown ... Doug Cole
Kyle Howard ... Kevin Cole
Denis Conway Denis Conway ... Father Kelly
Eoin McCarthy Eoin McCarthy ... John Sutton
Cillian Caffrey Cillian Caffrey ... Young Sonny
Stanley Anderson ... Dr. Christopher Garrison
Claire Bloom ... Maggie
Hume Cronyn ... Old Sonny Sutton
Peadar Lamb Peadar Lamb ... Arthur McSweeney
Conor Evans Conor Evans ... Thomas Layden
Angus MacInnes ... Sam Casey (as Angus Mac Innes)
Frances Burke Frances Burke ... Elizabeth Sutton
Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy ... Irish Doctor
Eric Weitz Eric Weitz ... Martin Green


Jenny Cole lives with her husband and son in middle America. She is pregnant and starts to have very vivid dreams about a small city that has a big church. She then starts talking to her mother about it and her mother shows her some drawings she made when she was a child. To her amazement they are identical to the drawings from her dreams that she is now having. Jenny and her mother do research and find that the dreams are about a small town called malahide in Ireland in the 1930s. The mother gives Jenny, her son and her husband tickets to go to Ireland, so that she can find out about her dreams. Had Jenny lived in the past after all as Mary Sutton? Written by Rosemea D.S. MacPherson

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A Mother's haunting dreams lead her to another place, another time, and a mysterious past... her own. See more »




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15 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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We feel and know that we are Eternal-Benedict De Spinoza
15 June 2005 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

Truly touching movie that will leave you in tears about an Allentown PA. career woman Jenny Cole somehow getting in touch with a long deceased Irish housewife Mary Sutton both sensitively played by Jane Seymour.

Jenny Cole getting these dreams at night and visions in the daytime about this women in Ireland back in the 1930's that become so traumatic that Jenny at the insistence of her mother Maggie,Clair Bloom, goes to a psycho-therapist Dr. Garrison, Stanly Anderson, to undergo treatment.

Put under hypnosis Jennys description of her life as Irish mother and housewife Mary Sutton is so profound and, what to Dr. Garrison seems to be, so accurate that the idea of reincarnation comes into mind even though Jenny is almost totally ignorant of that strange and unscientific phenomena.

Drawing a number of sketches of her dreams and visions Jenny sub-consciously drew a map of some strange town and when Maggie shows her a map of Ireland she without a second thought points out the obscure little town of Malahide. Later ordering a map of Malahide from her local book store the map of the town is exactly like her drawing of it! Jenny as well as her mother Maggie now know that the only way to cure her obsession of her life, before she was born as Jenny Cole, in Malahide is to travel to the Emerald Isle and find out the truth, if there is one, about her previous life as Mary Sutton for herself.

One of the best made for TV movies ever made that is also the best documented example if there is such a thing in life, and death, as the enigma of reincarnation. After a number of false leads Jenny and her teenage son Kevin,Kayle Howard,were just about to give up and go back home to Allentown when she's approached by an elderly man who knew her, as Mary Sutton, and her family when they lived in Malahide back in the 1930's.

"Yeasterday's Children" makes you into a believer even if you don't want to be one because it's so emotionally charged, as well as heart-lifting. The movie override whatever you disbelieved about the theory of re-birth to wanting it to be true just in order for the film to have the happy ending that it does not caring at all if the film is based on truth or is a work of fiction. Even the acting by those in the movie seems to be driven more by inspiration and belief then by reading ones lines and doing his, or her, best to make them come to life.

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