Nobody's Child (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Nobody's Child (1986)





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Marlo Thomas fully justifies her star status in the made-for-television Nobody's Child. Ms. Thomas portrays the real-life Marie Balter, a Massachusetts woman consigned to a mental hospital after a suicide attempt at age 16. For the next 20 years, Marie is and out of the institution, mostly under the care of a sensitive doctor (Caroline Cava) who treats her for panic disorder and depression. Finally able to curb her inner demons without the use of drugs and therapy, Marie leaves the hospital for good, hoping to pursue a normal life. She falls in love with another ex-mental patient (Ray Baker), and strives successfully to earn a college diploma (she later became a health administrator). Aside from Marlo Thomas' Emmy-winning performance, Nobody's Child boasts the stunning camerawork of longtime Ingmar Bergman associate Sven Nykvist. One scene, in which Marie Balter imagines she sees serpents emerging from a typewriter, is as frightening a piece of celluloid as has ever been presented on television.

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Marlo Thomas
as Marie Balter
Ray Baker
as Joe Balter
Caroline Kava
as Dr. Blackwell
Kathy Baker
as Lucy Stavros
Madeleine Sherwood
as Nurse Rhonda
Jackson Davies
as Bob Stavros
Michael Higgins
as Dr. Walker
Karen Austin
as Natural Mother
Garwin Sanford
as Dr. Pitteo
Sheila Moore
as Dr. Sara Steppe
Don MacKay
as Mr. Baldanza
Campbell Lane
as Mr. Edmond
Joy Coghill
as Patient #1
William Taylor
as Attendant
Betty Phillips
as Mother Superior
Jason Priestley
as Boy #2 (uncredited)
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A lovely, heart-rending, inspirational film.

August 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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