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For the Love of a Child (2006)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 9 January 2006
In the 1950s, two actresses set up a charity home for "orphans" (children who were purposely abandoned and shunned because of their mixed ethnicity). The children find themselves being loved and looked after properly.

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Douglas Barr

Writers:

Duane Poole (teleplay), Sara O'Meara (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peri Gilpin ... Sara
Teri Polo ... Yvonne
Maria del Mar ... Annie
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Richard
Matthew Knight ... Jacob Fletcher
Emily Hirst ... Laura
Jake D. Smith ... Michael (as Jake Smith)
David McNally David McNally ... Bart Fletcher
Marty Antonini ... Detective Carter
Rod Heatherington Rod Heatherington ... Patrol Officer
Lori Ravensborg ... Mrs. Wade
Diana Frechette Diana Frechette ... Counselor
Eden Sollereder Eden Sollereder ... Julia
Patricia Darbasie Patricia Darbasie ... Dr. Ryan
Mieko Ouchi Mieko Ouchi ... Mama Ji
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Storyline

In 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the States enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary centers for abused or neglected children in the States. Among them is bright Jacob Fletcher, whose stepfather, a lawyer, terrorized him into utter trauma and reclaims him shortly after 10 months in jail. Jacob's peers have distressing stories of their own, but competent, devoted staff helps most of them decisively on the former farm, using animal therapy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pour le coeur d'un enfant See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This is the true story about Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson who started 1-800-4Achild in 1959 See more »

Quotes

Jacob Fletcher: Do you believe in angels?
Telephone operator: Yes, I do, I do believe in angels, Jacob.
Jacob Fletcher: Jacob needs an angel, right now, real bad.
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Soundtracks

Friendship
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Peri Gilpin and Teri Polo
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Moving, yet bland
26 March 2009 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

Nothing really to get excited about in this movie. The movie retells the true story of Childhelp International and the two women who founded it. Jumping from the past to the present we are shown how the foundation came to be and how it flourished since then.

The origins aren't really too heartwarming and you can't help to think that it lacked real heart to it. Maybe a different form of presenting the motivations of the women who created Chlidhelp International would be in order.

The main segment of the film however can at times pack a wallop. It shows abused children, that are taken in by Childhelp, with various horror stories behind all of them. The organisation gives them a chance to find peace and in the future maybe hope for a better living. It's shocking in as much as all of it seems to be based on real life stories. The storytelling however is lacking and weak with the acting below par.

Nothing really to get excited about, but it is a decent watch and definitely not a waste of time.


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