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Who Are the DeBolts? and Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? (1977)

Dorothy and Bob DeBolt's tale of the struggles and joys involved in their 19 adopted children, many of who are physically disabled war orphans.

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John Korty
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kim Atwood Kim Atwood ... Herself
Marty Atwood Marty Atwood ... Himself
Mike Atwood Mike Atwood ... Himself
Mimi Atwood Mimi Atwood ... Herself
Noel Atwood Noel Atwood ... Herself
Stephanie Atwood Stephanie Atwood ... Herself
Anh DeBolt Anh DeBolt ... Himself
Bob DeBolt Bob DeBolt ... Himself
Dat DeBolt Dat DeBolt ... Himself
Dorothy DeBolt Dorothy DeBolt ... Herself
J.R. DeBolt J.R. DeBolt ... Himself
Karen DeBolt Karen DeBolt ... Herself
Ly' DeBolt Ly' DeBolt ... Herself
Mary DeBolt Mary DeBolt ... Herself
Melanie DeBolt Melanie DeBolt ... Herself
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Dorothy and Bob DeBolt's tale of the struggles and joys involved in their 19 adopted children, many of who are physically disabled war orphans.

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Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

10 September 1977 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?] See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Tahoe, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version released in 1977, approx. 75 min. Television version, re-cut, and executive produced and narrated by Henry Winkler (with Winkler and DeBolt family footage added) aired on ABC on December 17, 1978; approx. 50 min. See more »

Connections

Featured in Stepping Out: The Debolts Grow Up (1980) See more »

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A study in love and joy
9 September 2004 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

I was still in high school when I saw "Who Are the DeBolts" on TV, and I'll never get the images out of my head. The child that sticks most in my mind was a lovely Black girl of maybe 8 or 10, with stumps for arms and legs. She could walk and play the marimba with her prosthetics, but she really shone when those prosthetics came off. I can still see her jumping on the bed with her siblings, laughing and so vibrant and alive.

There was nothing sappy or sentimental about "Who Are the DeBolts." Just a family that was a little larger and more diverse than what we're used to. And I think if only for the lesson in valuing diversity, it would be wonderful if this film made a huge comeback.


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