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Jewel (2001)





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Based on fact, the made-for-TV drama Jewel begins in 1945, a time when children afflicted with Down Syndrome were casually and cruelly dismissed as "Mongoloid Idiots." Already a mother with four healthy, normal children, 40-year-old Mississippi woman Jewel Hilburn (Farrah Fawcett) gives birth to daughter Brenda Kay, a Down's baby who will forever be challenged both mentally and physically. Urged by the local authorities to surrender Brenda Kay to an institution, Jewel defies the "experts" and packs herself and her family off to Los Angeles, where she hopes that her daughter will have a better chance at a normal life. But in her zeal to shower affection and attention on her "different little girl", Jewel sorely strains her relationships with her husband Leston (Patrick Bergin) and her other four kids. Cicely Tyson makes what the CBS publicity flacks labeled a "special appearance" in the role of a loving caregiver named Cathedral. Based on the novel by Bret Lott, Jewel originally aired February 7, 2001.


Farrah Fawcett
as Jewel Hillburn
Cicely Tyson
as Cathedral
Patrick Bergin
as Leston Hillburn
Ashley Wolfe
as Brenda Kay Hillburn
Laura Mercer
as Brenda Kay (age 8)
Ron Payne
as Dr. Basket
Sonia Lynn Kerr
as Brenda Kay (age 4)
Alexia Vandermaelen
as Annie (age 3-4)
Alexis Vandermaelen
as Annie (age 3-4)
Rachel Skarsten
as Raylene (age 14-15)
Kylie Fairlie
as Burton (age 11-12)
Max Morrow
as Wilman (age 10-11)
Charlotte Arnold
as Annie (age 7-11)
Ardon Bess
as Nelson
Dallas Goyo
as Matthew
Lynne Griffin
as Nancy Tindle
Shawn Lawrence
as Larry Tindle
Geoffrey Bowes
as Dr. Beaudry
Nola Augustson
as Mrs. Hamby
Dylan Harman
as Dennis (age 7)
Kenny Freeman
as Dennis (age 16)
Nola Auguston
as Mrs. Hamby
Sean Bell
as Gower Cross
Simon Richards
as House Buyer
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All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Shapiro, Fawcett, Bergin and Tyson never allow the pic to go for the gut, instead coating it with a layer of contrived dignity almost as thick as Fawcett's frosted lipstick.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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