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Nobody's Child (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 6 April 1986
Marie Balter falls in love, goes to college, and joins society after 20 years in a mental institution.

Director:

Lee Grant
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Marie Balter
Ray Baker ... Joe Balter
Caroline Kava ... Dr. Blackwell
Kathy Baker ... Lucy Stavros
Anna Maria Horsford ... Nurse Betty
Madeleine Sherwood ... Nurse Rhonda
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Bob Stavros
Michael Higgins ... Dr. Walker
Blanche Baker ... Shari
Vanessa Santos Vanessa Santos ... Little Marie
Donna Ford Donna Ford ... Marie at 16
William Nunn ... Pa
Stefania DeStefanis Stefania DeStefanis ... Ma Bartello
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Natural Mother
Garwin Sanford ... Dr. Pitteo
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Fact-based drama about the life of Marie Balter, who spent most of her young life in mental institutions. At age 16, she first attempted suicide, and the next 20 years she spent in and out of institutions. At last, a caring doctor started treating her for extreme depression and panic disorder. Weaned from strong medications she had taken all her life, at age 36 she emerged for the last time and started a rehabilitation program in the home of a volunteer married couple. There she met a fellow patient with whom she developed a romantic relationship. She also started a college degree, which led to a long-term professional success in the field of mental health. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A un passo dalla follia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaylord Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Brilliant film that will make you never look at That Girl or Free To Be...You And Me the same way again
3 February 2013 | by rybreadSee all my reviews

This is an incredible film that should be much more widely seen. The whole tone of the film is much more palatable for many than One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest or Girl, Interrupted or even The Snake Pit. Marlo Thomas is a deft thespian magician in her portrayal of Marie.

I can't say enough about this film. Get it on Amazon video as a rent or buy, or buy the DVD, which is cheap on Amazon.com, and I aim to do eventually. No spoilers here...just be ready for a movie that can make you cry tears of sadness and tears of joy, as well as make you laugh heartily in key parts.

Last thing: Marlo Thomas, without a doubt, is one of the greatest American actors living today. If you don't believe me, just sit down and watch this film!!


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