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Who Will Love My Children? (1983)

Ann-Margret , Fredric Forrest , John Erman  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ann-Margret, Fredric Forrest, Cathy Damon, Donald Moffat, Lonny Chapman
  • Directors: John Erman
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lucile Fay is the caring mother of ten young children. She is the loving wife of a man almost crippled by arthritis. Stricken by a terminal illness, she only has a few months left to live. For the sake of the children she loves so much, she must make an agonising decision. Inspired by true life events, "Who Will Love My Children" is a tribute to one woman's courage and strength. The story of a dying woman's undying love. STARS: Ann-Margret, Fredric Forrest, Cathy Damon, Donald Moffat, Lonny Chapman, Patricia Smith WRITTEN by: Michael Bortman DIRECTED by: John Erman

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann-Margret shines in this film! April 6, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I remember watching this film when I was in high school and being blown away by Ann-Margret's performance in it. I had only ever seen her as the 'sex kitten' type in her previous films and I was so glad I got to see her in this. This may have been a year prior to her TV performance in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', but I could be wrong. (Another bravo acting job!)

If I remember correctly it was based on a true story of a dying mother who made sure that she found a proper home(s) for all of her kids before she died. The story is so moving and actors were all just wonderful. I would love to see this movie again.

If it isn't available on VHS or DVD it REALLY should be!

p.s. Why isn't there an Ann-Margret box set of films available by now? What a diverse career!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie... must be put on a DVD January 10, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
The other reviews are excellent .. I can't add anything they haven't said.
However! the oldest daughter would go on to become an art teacher in a small town in Iowa. I was one of her pupils.
I have fond memories of Joanne Samsel as my teacher.
I have no idea where she is now, but, I hope life has been good to her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best true tear jerker of all time March 23, 2009
This movie has to rate as the greatest tear jerker of all time. Sad thing is that is was a true story. Its rare to see a movie where everyone is a victim. Not only do you have a mother who has cancer and is dying but you have to watch her one by one give up her kids before she dies due to the fact that her husband is physically unable to care for them. You admire the tough decision Mrs Fray had to make in the best interest of her kids but it does not ease the pain her husband, and kids had to endure as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who will love my children? July 21, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie, in which I can't wait for it to come out in DVD, if it ever will. Ann-Margret plays a poverty stricken mother dying of breast cancer soon after her tenth baby is born. Knowing her husband is an irresponsible drunk that seldom holds down a job, she tries to find homes for her 10 children before she gets too sick. She has each child have trial sleep-overs at the houses she chooses for her kids, and if the kids come home and complain about the home, she places them in another home. She also has one son that has seizures all the time, and is concerned for him if he's given to the wrong uncaring family. This movie is wonderful, and is a true story. How hard it must of been to worry about your kid's lives while you're dying and need rest. A very good movie that brought even my dad to tears as he said that this woman was so loving to not only her children, but her husband. She still took care of her husband knowing he inflicted this on himself (being drunk all the time). Not only did she place the children in wonderful homes, she did this before she died so she knew they would be taken care of. She also visited them right before she died to make sure they were all right and happy. On the original viewing of this movie played on TV, the actual kids gathered together as adults and watched this movie together. Some hadn't seen each other in years. What a tribute to their mother! A must see movie for all movie renters/owners. Grab a box of kleenex and unplug your phone, you won't want to be interrupted during this show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Will Love My Children?, DVD November 30, 2008
This was an excellent video. Based upon a true story, the movie was very well acted. It was both tragic and touching, and I would recommend it highly. When substitute teaching, I showed it to a high school child development class, and they found it worthwhile and interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHO WILL LOVE MY CHILDREN February 10, 2013
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad,sad movie October 26, 2009
By pluto
By far the saddest movie I've ever seen.Another sad thing about it is that the movie is based on a true story.

Sad movies we watch usually have the sad parts at the end of the film.Well this one has sad parts throughout the movie.I can only imagine what the mother went through losing her kids one by one and at the same time dealing with cancer and a alcoholic husband who couldn't keep a steady job due to arthritis and heavy drinking.Such a sad movie it makes you wish nobody ever goes through what this poor family did.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone will cry watching this movie December 11, 2009
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This is the all time tear jerker. Starring Ann-Margret, this is a true story of Lucille Frey. She is a mother of ten children ranging in ages 2-14 years of age. She is married to an alcoholic man with arthritis in his hands, and he's in denial that she is dying of breast cancer. He thinks that life is a bowl of cherries because Lucille always is there for him and his children. The children are all well behaved, and really enjoy life even though they're poor. When Lucille finds out that her cancer can't be cured, she decides to find families for her children in fear that the state will take them away from her husband when she's gone. The first child to be given away is the baby, little Stephen. He is so pitiful when the young couple comes to pick him up to take him home with them. He cries his eyes out as if Ann-Margret is really his mother in real life. I cried right along with him, having kids of my own, I can't imagine giving them away like that. Lucille Frey made sure each child liked the family they went to, and had them go for over-night visits before making her final decision. One by one, the children were given away, and one day Lucille wakes up and imagines her children coming home to see her one last time before she dies, and begs her husband to let her see her kids one more time. He buys her a ticket to travel to each child's new home, and gets to see her kids again for the last time. Later, at Lucille's funeral, the children gather around her grave and notice their father there, standing in the distance, and goes over to see him too. It's so heart wrenching, so grap some tissue and enjoy this true story of love, trust and pure faith. This is a wonderful classic starring Ann-Margret as Lucille Frey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A truly sad movie, but Ann Margret's best acting.
Published 1 month ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional and a true story. It is an excellent movie!
This is a very touching, emotional movie. I first saw it in 6th grade and have always remembered it. I ordered it recently and am very pleased to own it.
Published 2 months ago by Bridget C
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
We personally knew one of these kids and their adoptive parents. This story is wonderful but could only capture a small part of the poignancy for the children and the families who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ferg's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Better!!
No exaggeration! Just better!!
A true story, well acted, with a lot of to learn from! No more words! Just better!
Published 3 months ago by Erasto Gervace Kishe
5.0 out of 5 stars I love love love this movie
This movie is wonderful. I saw it years ago and just had to own it.So glad that i found it on amazon. A woman found out that she is dying of breast cancer. Read more
Published 8 months ago by FB BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie was the best tear jerker of all time.....
Unfortunately, perhaps due to the age of the movie, the DVD quality was extremely poor.... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jennie Huggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
Mum says it is great to have.
The movie is really good quality in everyway, sound and image.
Mum is extremely happy, Thanks so much.
Published 13 months ago by Leo Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Will Love My Children?
I will try not to duplicate other reviews of this incredibly touching True Story of a beautiful, caring, happy and loving Wife and Mother of ten (countem!) 10 beautiful children. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Terry E. Benn
4.0 out of 5 stars who will love my ........
I am giving this movie a 4 star my wife and I watched it a long time ago and always wanted a copy but the picture is very grainy only worth 1/2 a star. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard R. Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars True Confessions (i.e. Bless Me Father For I have NOT Sinned)
9 Oct, 2010
I know what I can do but I also know what I can't do.
And I can't credibly review motion picture productions because I simply don't know how to do the work... Read more
Published on October 9, 2010 by Sully38
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