Child's Cry 2013 NR CC

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Lindsay Wagner stars as Joanne Van Buren, a social worker whose personal and professional life are on the brink of collapse. Her spirit is reawakened, however, when she takes the case of six-year-old Eric Townsend. Found by the police alone at the zoo, Eric shows all the signs of having been molested. Joanne's compassion for Eric drives her to solve the mystery of Eric's abuser.

Starring:
Lindsay Wagner, Peter Coyote
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Child's Cry

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Gilbert Cates
Starring Lindsay Wagner, Peter Coyote
Supporting actors Taliesin Jaffe, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Guy Boyd, Brent Jennings, Vic Polizos, Marlene Warfield, Jack Rader, Enrique Castillo, Peter Hobbs, David A. Penhale, Anne Gee Byrd, Kathleen Garrett, Herta Ware, Theresa DePaolo, Jeremy Lawrence, Scott Lincoln, Marianne Muellerleile, Will Hare
Studio FilmRise
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Pretty good story, and well acted.
NF
Sympathy for the kids who are abused, doubt about the abuse, and the difficulty working within the bounds of the law and defense attorneys.
M B Fantuso
Also explores how other experiences in the adults lives impact their perceptions.
Gaye Hartwig

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maya Kober on December 30, 2013
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This movie portrayed snap-shots of what a child endures when abused and must face a new reality. It shows some of the signs of an abused child, the signs of a loving parent that does not know what to do, the challenges of getting a child to speak out against their abuser, and most of all the hardship the family faces in the courts. What is nice about this movie is that it is family-friendly. The actually details of the abuse are never disclosed in words, pictures, or even implied. This is something you can watch with children as a lesson in "this can happen to anyone, by anyone, and if you feel uncomfortable say no, run away, tell an adult, don't be ashamed, and if you can't escape then tell someone what happened to you". We can only go so far as parents, teachers, relatives, and other caring adults to safe-guard our children. The fact is that sex offenders lurk everywhere, and are usually working as close to kids as possible. They take jobs as school bus drivers, priests, boy scout leaders, educators, anything that will get them alone with kids. Every child who speaks out, takes another one out of their jobs and makes it harder for them to hurt more children. This movie is not "hard" to watch, it is a brave child who probably saved many more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M B Fantuso on April 9, 2014
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This movie shows the difficulty that social workers endure. Sympathy for the kids who are abused, doubt about the abuse, and the difficulty working within the bounds of the law and defense attorneys. Maybe a bit unrealistic and the workload would prohibit any social worker from spending the time that this one did, but good story just the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on June 23, 2014
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This is a great storyline for today Where Child Abuse in whatever fashion is a bigger problem than we thought at the time this movie aired on television.
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By Princess Bride on June 10, 2014
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This movie is a bit dated; however, it is a good, clean movie. Not for the high tech folks, but a good watch.
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By Christie Flores on May 31, 2014
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This movie shows the raw emotions of a family having to deal with sexual abuse, how hard it is to trust and tell someone the truth.
The movie also shows how a parent can be the first one accused before the truth comes out but also shows how someone with power can also admit when they were wrong and apologize.
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By LauraB on May 31, 2014
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Use in child abuse prevention unit - illustrates the stages of exploitation, risk factors for becoming a victim, holds students' attention
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This movie deals with a rough topic. Child abuse is never easy to watch. But even rough topics can be handled well on screen. Unfortunately, while viewers are likely to feel uncomfortable due to the nature of the film, they might also be uncomfortable with how this film pans out.

Basic plot: Lindsay Wagner plays social worker who is assigned to 6 year old Eric Townsend, a young boy found asleep in the zoo and who is her first case in children's division. She believes he has been sexually abused. The boy is being raised by his dad and his dad is of course suspected of the abuse. The movie details the social worker's growing relationship with the child, the father's relationship with the child, the hostility between the father and the social worker, and the pent up frustration of the social worker and the legal system/ the people she works with/for.

The Good: There's a nice slow pace here that allows for character development that is lacking in newer films. The buildup to the discovery of the actual molester is well done. The insight into the system is accurate and relatively heartrending.

The Bad: Like many 80s films viewers can enjoy big hair, dreadful dialogue, and obvious plot developments. The overacting here is palpable and the result predictable. This film fell into all the pitfalls of a poor made for tv 80s film.
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By Mimaw Sandie on February 22, 2014
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This story is a little slow, however, it is very thought provoking. It makes you really think about the safety of our children and grand children and the love and passion that most child services workers have for those they are helping. It is often a thankless job, but well worth saving the children!
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