Who Are The DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?)

Overview

This Academy Award-winning documentary focuses upon Robert and Dorothy DeBolt, a California couple with six children of their own-and 13 adoptees and/or legal wards. The DeBolt's extended family includes black, Korean, and Vietnamese children, many of whom are physically challenged. In cinema verite fashion, we are shown the courageous adjustments made by the handicapped children, particularly Karen, who was born without legs or forearms, and J.R., a blind paraplegic. Introduced and narrated by Henry Winkler, ...
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Overview

This Academy Award-winning documentary focuses upon Robert and Dorothy DeBolt, a California couple with six children of their own-and 13 adoptees and/or legal wards. The DeBolt's extended family includes black, Korean, and Vietnamese children, many of whom are physically challenged. In cinema verite fashion, we are shown the courageous adjustments made by the handicapped children, particularly Karen, who was born without legs or forearms, and J.R., a blind paraplegic. Introduced and narrated by Henry Winkler, this life-affirming feature was cut from its original 72 minutes to 50 when it was first networkcast December 17, 1978. Even in its truncated form, the telecast was honored with an Emmy award for "outstanding individual achievement-informational program."
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Special Features

Featurette: Steppin' Out: The DeBolts Grow Up; DeBolt family updates; Biographies; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • UPC: 767685973639
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,356

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
John Korty Director, Producer
Ed Bogas Score Composer
Jon Else Cinematographer
Warren Lockhart Executive Producer, Producer
Dan McCann Producer
David Peoples Editor
Shintaro Tsuji Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Who Are the DeBolts?
1. What Shall We Call This Film? [4:09]
2. Expanding Family [8:12]
3. Helping Others Help Themselves [8:37]
4. New Addition to the Home [7:51]
5. Learning to Fall [7:30]
6. Remembering the Good Times [6:46]
7. Music to My Ears [7:00]
8. Concentrated Effort [4:03]
9. Progress Is Made [4:57]
10. Time for a Vacation [4:13]
11. Arriving and Departing [8:36]
12. Credits [:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Who Are the DeBolts?
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Steppin' Out: The DeBolts Grow Up
      DeBolt Family Updates
      Bob and Dorothy DeBolt Biographies
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