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Orphan Train (1979)

In 1854, there were living on the streets of New York City over 10,000 abandoned orphaned children. Out of this desperate situation was born the orphan Train. This is a fictionalized account, based on actual events.

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William A. Graham
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Eikenberry ... Emma
Kevin Dobson ... Carlin
Linda Manz ... Sarah
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Liverpool
Melissa Michaelsen Melissa Michaelsen ... J.P.
Charles Fields ... Mouse (as Charlie Fields)
Peter Neuman Peter Neuman ... Ben
John Femia ... Tony
Sara Inglis Sara Inglis ... Annie (as Sarah Ingliss)
Andreas Manske Andreas Manske ... Dutch
Glenn Close ... Jessica
Morgan Farley ... Mr. McGarrity
Severn Darden ... Barrington
Scott Rogers Scott Rogers ... Bruce
Justine Johnston Justine Johnston ... Mrs. Comstock
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In 1854, there were living on the streets of New York City over 10,000 abandoned orphaned children. Out of this desperate situation was born the orphan Train. This is a fictionalized account, based on actual events.

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tren de los huérfanos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was initially envisioned as a theatrical film with then-real life couple Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in the leads. After the duo ended their relationship, it became a TV movie instead. See more »

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orphan train is on the right track
22 January 2011 | by froberts73See all my reviews

This movie has been part of my library for many years, and I've watched it about 7 or 8 times. I never get tired of it. Matter of fact, I never view it without choking up.

It is a beautiful story, beautifully told and, among other things it shows us there is a world full of s.o.b's as well as a world full of people with kind hearts.

The acting is quite impressive, all the children perfect in their roles. Melissa Michealson was superb as well as the little girl who limped through her role.

It is an outstanding piece of American history, a fictionalized account about orphans on New York City streets who are taken out west to bond with families. Try that plot today.

Jill Eikenberry and Kevin Dobson were excellent in the leads. Both of them stayed busy for many years. The Michaelson girl later appeared in a movie about boxing. Can't recall the name. After that, don't know what happened.

Like "The Sound of Music" it is a story of children handling adversity, but minus the music.

For me, it is a must-see film as it should be for everyone. Give it just a few minutes and you will be hooked. And the ending, where we are told about what happened to the children when they grew up, is quite impressive.

We're only allowed 10 stars so, on my own, I will another 10.


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