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A Child's Cry for Help (1994)

A recently-widowed doctor moves with her daughter to start at a new hospital. A loving mother brings her son in for treatment. The doctor suspects that something is wrong and theorizes that... See full summary »

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Sandor Stern

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Sandor Stern (teleplay), Jan Jaffe Kahn (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Hamel ... Dr. Paula Spencer
Pam Dawber ... Monica Shaw
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Donald Prescott
Lisa Jakub ... Amanda Spencer
Cynthia Martells ... Thelma
Daniel Benzali ... Dr. Everett Morris
James Pickens Jr. ... Brad Currie
Jeff Williams ... Dr. Alec Jefferson
Zach Charles ... Eric Shaw (as Zachary Charles)
Tobey Maguire ... Peter Lively
Regina Krueger Regina Krueger ... Dr. Joan Cates
Lois Hicks Lois Hicks ... Nurse Alma
James Gale James Gale ... John Pinetta
Connie Craig ... Receptionist
John Ashton John Ashton ... Cal Warner
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A recently-widowed doctor moves with her daughter to start at a new hospital. A loving mother brings her son in for treatment. The doctor suspects that something is wrong and theorizes that the mother is deliberately making her son sick so she can rush him to the hospital and get attention for herself. When the doctor decides to restrict the mother's access to her son and reports her to Child Services, the mother decides to sue the doctor and the hospital. Some members of the hospital board don't agree with her diagnosis, or they think she's overreacting. Even away from his mother, the child remains sick. Is the doctor right or wrong? Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intensive Care See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Well-done by Veronica Hamel....
18 March 2008 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

as a physician who suspects a perfect mother of "Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy", an illness which causes a mother to make her child sick, then rescue the child to garner psychological attention. The disease is real, and the Pam Dawber as mother of the week is both believable and detestable.

Hamel is basically Chairman of the Emergency department but runs into obstacles from the beginning. Dawber's son first has E. Coli infection, then other mysterious illnesses. Hamel finally puts the child under strict quarantine.

The story unfolds with a good performance by Hamel. Wish she was cast in more of these roles. She looks wonderful, and her acting is always believable. 8/10.


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