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God Bless the Child (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1988
Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

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Larry Elikann

Writer:

Dennis Nemec
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mare Winningham ... Theresa Johnson
Grace Johnston ... Hillary Johnson
L. Scott Caldwell ... Althea Watkins
Obba Babatundé ... Raymond Watkins
Dorian Harewood ... Calvin Reed
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Sharee Watkins
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Kathleen
Yasiin Bey ... Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Bobby Gifford
Shawana Kemp Shawana Kemp ... Tracy Watkins
Charlayne Woodard ... Chandra Watkins (as Charlain Woodard)
Akuyoe Graham Akuyoe Graham ... Charlesletta (as Akuyoe)
Nicholas Podbrey Nicholas Podbrey ... Kenny
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... Elizabeth
Kate Lynch ... Carrie
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Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Poverty See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Theresa goes to the welfare office to try to qualify for assistance. The social worker asks: "Do you have a boyfriend or is there any other man in your life right now?" And when Theresa says No, the worker replies "You are required to notify this office should that situation change." This is incorrect. Theresa is only required to notify the office if her boyfriend is living WITH her in the apartment. See more »

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the American disease
12 August 2005 | by dutchtom1See all my reviews

The movie portrays the opposite of the American dream. Because for every great winner there are great losers, not because they deserve that, but because bad luck can strike anyone. And when just surviving becomes an impossible dream to achieve, that's when you know you're a goner. Homelessness is humiliating. It is more important that all citizens have homes and medical aid, than to be spoilt for choice, and become obese, sick with a third house and a yacht, while others have nothing. The Amercian dream should be providence for everyone, but the real nightmare is stark capitalism relentlessly leaving people out in the dark. This movie is incredibly touching and has a communistic message, countering the yuppie consensus of the Reagan era. It surpasses its format, eg, a TV movie. And surpasses most Hollywood dross. 10 out of 10


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