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A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (1992)

In the 1970's, a teenager staying in an unwed mothers' institution is forced to give up her baby. Eighteen years later, she discovers that her child is dead, and that he was possibly murdered by his religiously -strict adoptive mom.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly D'Angelo ... Jerry Sherwood
Dana Ivey ... Lois Jurgens
Michael McGrady ... Dennis
Max Gail ... Mr. Jurgens
Hank Stratton ... Robert Jurgens
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Melinda Elledge
Brent Jennings ... Clayton Robinson
Gary Grubbs ... Ron Meehan
Tuck Milligan
Mackenzie Astin ... Dennis Sherwood
Jennifer Lynn McComb Jennifer Lynn McComb ... (as Jennifer McComb)
Will Patton ... Frank Maxwell
Barbara Tarbuck ... Dr. Sackarow
Melissa Clayton ... Dawn
Mary Pat Gleason ... Mrs. Rory
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Storyline

Teen-age mother (D'Angelo) is forced to give up her baby for adoption and, 19 years later, when she tries to contact her son, she learns that he died, under questionable circumstances when he was three years old. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jerry Sherwood Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis was the second child adopted by Lois and Harold Jurgens. After trying unsuccessfully for sixteen years to have a child of their own, they adopted a son, Robert. Three years later they adopted Dennis. See more »

Goofs

While in the movie, the murder was mentioned as happened in 1976, it actually happened 11 years earlier in 1965. See more »

Quotes

Clayton Robinson: What did Lois do when Dennis started gagging?
Marie Vinton: She said, "if you throw up, you're gonna eat it".
Clayton Robinson: And what happened after she made that statement?
Marie Vinton: [voice breaks] Dennis threw up.
Clayton Robinson: And what did Lois do, if anything, in regard to that?
Marie Vinton: [on the verge of tears] She fed it to him.
The Judge: [stunned] Pardon?
Marie Vinton: [cries in disgust] Vomit - she fed him vomit!
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Really, really good!!
4 December 2004 | by sugar-bearSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie when I was about 14 years old on Lifetime. Beverly D'Angelo plays a young mother who is forced to give up her newborn son for adoption. Her son gets adopted by this older Christian couple. They already have a 4 year old son(Miko Hughes). The wife and husband seem normal, kind, etc. Then one day the adopted son(Cortland Mead)who's about 4 now acts up one day at the dinner table. The mother(Dana Ivey) gives her adoptive son a beat down while the father and brother sit at the table and act like nothing is happening. Then that night, the mother makes the boy kneel on a broomstick and makes him say prayers repeatedly. It isn't until about 20 years or so later that D'Angelo tries to see what her adopted son is up to when she recevies the tragic news of her life. Very good movie!!


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