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Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted (1992)

A Down-syndrome boy left in an institute by his parents. Ginny works in the institute and wants to have Jonathan but has to fight the system and the parents.

Director:

George Kaczender

Writers:

Doris Silverton (story), Peter Nelson (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Ginny Moore
Chris Burke ... Jonathan Willis
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Frank Moore
Tom Mason ... Max Willis
Robert Cicchini ... Neil Vogler
Chris Demetral ... Brad Moore
Dana Barron ... Laurie Moore
Mason Adams ... Judge Colbert
Paul Linke ... Dr. Sullivan
H. Richard Greene ... Wolff
Madge Sinclair ... Faye Lincoln
Alley Mills ... Carol Willis
Lorraine Morin-Torre Lorraine Morin-Torre ... Ada
Brandon Bauer Brandon Bauer ... Jonathan Willis Ages 11-13
K.C. Clarizio K.C. Clarizio ... Jonathan Willis Age 6
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A Down-syndrome boy left in an institute by his parents. Ginny works in the institute and wants to have Jonathan but has to fight the system and the parents.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Speaks for Jonathan? See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Top flight tearjerker!
20 August 2001 | by hankpinkSee all my reviews

I just caught this one on Lifetime the other day, and I had to admit, I was a bit skeptical...at first. I had admired the work of Chris Burke (Corky on TV's Life Goes On) for quite a number of years, but I was unsure if he would work for the character of Jonathan, the unwanted boy of the title. Let me tell you, he was amazing.

The supporting cast was uniformly excellent, but at the heart of the picture is Chris Burke, emoting far more effectively than just about any famous actor working today. (Watch out especially for touching scenes in an airplane and on a bicycle.) It's a shame this film is probably not on video, but be sure to keep an eye out for it on Lifetime. I know I most certainly will!


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