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The Lost Child - Hallmark Hall of Fame (2000)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001I6DM0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hallmark Hall of fame 2002 DVD, Mercedes Ruehl, Jamey Sheridan The Lost Child

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars COMING HOME June 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Adopted by a middle aged Jewish couple and doted on by her mother young Rebecca Hoffman leads a conventional life. Then her mother dies and her father remarries. In his new marriage there is no room for Rebecca. She is one to be tolerated. She no longer has a home. Years later Rebecca searches for her birth parents and comes to the realization that she is not white nor Jewish. Rebecca is Navajo.
Lost Child is a film based on the the autobiography, Looking For Lost Bird, by Yvette Melanson. In this picture we see the life of a child stolen from her birth parents and made to assume a new identity. Her adoptive father's reluctance to have her, her feeling of isolation and her quest to find her identity is both moving and tragic as we see a young woman so far from her home.
Mercedes Ruehl plays a sensitive and savy Rebecca who tries so hard to be accepted by her adoptive father. Her discovery of her Navajo roots gives her comfort and a sense of completion. Yet, she too and her family undergo some heartaches and challenges as she returns home. This movie shows the hope of a mother seeking a reunion of her children. We witness the reintergration of a woman back to her heritage. We also see the ugly side of cultural prejudice as her daughters attempt to fit in with their new family and culture.
This is an enjoyable film that is a sanitized version of the book. Everyone in the picture is so good, so noble to the point of being unbelievable. Of course everything works itself out and the family lives happily ever after. If only life could be that simple. Inspite of that Lost Child is well worth your seeing as you get a glimpse into another culture.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Heart Warming January 4, 2003
By C Ryan
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This is a very heart warming movie about coming home. It reinforces the strong family bonds even through years of separation. It explores the need to stand up against unhealthy traditions in a changing world, as well as, traditions which can help define who we are in an ever changing world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie you will never forget.... April 9, 2007
This is probably the best Native American movie I have ever watched. The story is so true of the things that happen even today, to the Indians. Heart wrenching to the core, you will cry as you watch this movie again and again. I can certainly identify with "Odette Marie". A movie filled with love, and sorrow yet so much truth, you can't help but feel the pain and joy of these precious people. For me, this is an Academy Award Winner Movie! Thank you to the people that made it!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Child November 19, 2009
By Marna
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This Hallmark Hall of Fame movie from 2000 is inspired by a true story and tells about an adopted woman searching for her true heritage - two different cultures brought together! American Indian children were stolen by the white man and put in orphanages (lost birds). Even though she is married with children, she feels something is missing. It's a great movie for all audiences. I had the VHS and bought the DVD - a great movie to watch over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A since of home... December 11, 2008
By Morria
For me this story is two side because I work with the Navajo and I am an adopted child myself. I did not learn until I was grown that when my birth mother "placed" me for adoption, she had been told to either give me up or they would forcefully take me...and I'm white! I contect very deep with Becks and feel in many ways her store is much my own story. I say it is a must watch...especially if you are adopted.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We have so much to learn about who we are September 7, 2007
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All of my favorite Native American actors are in this movie! I love this fairly modern Native American tradition of using Hollywood to speak their truth about who they are, where they have come from, and where they are going - to break stereotypes and honor their roots.

This movie is about a woman who is adopted by a woman who obviously desperately needed a child to love - but who may have gone to desperate lengths to get one. This movie tells the story about a rather painful American tradition of stealing Native American children - not just this one, but many, many others - in order to break the Spirit of the Native American people. Most of the other reviewers on seem to have missed this point, a point that is carefully and poignantly made.

In addition to taking Native American children from their tribes, cutting their hair, forbidding them to speak their native language and making their religion illegal (freedom of religion, anyone?); factoids that are NOT mentioned in this movie, who knew that children were actually stolen from Native American families (in "modern" times) for profit, and for no other real motive than the ongoing genocide of the Native American people?

I wasn't sure how Mercedes Ruehl would do in this role. I didn't think she was Native American herself - she's not. Turns out, she is Cuban American. But I am a fan, from The Fisher King to GIA to Indictment: The McMartin Trial (although I didn't like the movie, I DID like the character she played in it); I like Mercedes Ruehl. She carries the role with style, humility, and grace. She is a well-known actor, and this often gives a Native American story more "box office" cache. So be it.

This is a great movie, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sort of hard to believe but good
Mercedes Ruehl was totally believable in this movie. The first part rang with truth in that she was very happy with her adoptive parents till her mother died and her father... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie about missing your Indian childhood
I have always caught this halfway through and finally was able to see the whole story. I like the idea that the main character was raised Jewish by was really a stolen Navaho baby. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jan M. Strasser
5.0 out of 5 stars My very favorite Hallmark movie.
I have this on VHS and have watched it so many times that it was time to upgrade to DVD. I had read the wonderful book and the movie brings it to life beautifully. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Liz Rmz
3.0 out of 5 stars seen the movie
the movie was ok, no thrills, but i did enjoy watching it, now i can watch it over again at my leisure
Published 12 months ago by Joseph Iannelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercedes plays a life story that grabs you from beginning to end....
The story and the scenery are so beautiful,it makes you want to move and live where this was filmed. The heritage is told in such a loving,happy, honest way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Grama
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie
A great Hallmark movie. Is definetely suitable for family viewing. (Can't say that about too many movies.) I have seen this on television but wanted a copy for myself. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darlene Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Is Found.
Many twists and turns occur in the beginning of this story. As the plot unfolds the lost child finds her true family, problems occur in the tribal school on the reservation in... Read more
Published 19 months ago by B. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming True Story
This is a true story about a baby stolen at birth along with her twin brother, who was adopted by a Jewish couple after spending time as a foster child. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bornagain57
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Child
Loved this movie and have recommended it a number of times, have shared it with friends who come over. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pat Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LOST CHILDTHI
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