Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child

Director: Lee Grant Cast: Marlo Thomas, Ray Baker, Caroline Kava



Marlo Thomas fully justifies her star status in the made-for-television Nobody's Child. Ms. Thomas portrays the real-life Marie Balter, a Massachusetts woman consigned to a mental hospital after a suicide attempt at age 16. For the next 20 years, Marie is and out of the institution, mostly under the care of a sensitive doctor (Caroline Cava) who treats her for panic disorder and depression. Finally able to curb her inner demons without the use of drugs and therapy, Marie leaves the hospital for good, hoping to pursue a normal life. She falls in love with another ex-mental patient (Ray Baker), and strives successfully to earn a college diploma (she later became a health administrator). Aside from Marlo Thomas' Emmy-winning performance, Nobody's Child boasts the stunning camerawork of longtime Ingmar Bergman associate Sven Nykvist. One scene, in which Marie Balter imagines she sees serpents emerging from a typewriter, is as frightening a piece of celluloid as has ever been presented on television.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2005
UPC: 0741952632597
Original Release: 1986
Rating: NR
Source: Koch Vision
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlo Thomas Marie Balter
Ray Baker Joe Balter
Caroline Kava Dr. Blackwell
Kathy Baker Lucy Stavros
Anna Maria Horsford Nurse Betty
Madeleine Sherwood Nurse Rhonda
Jackson Davies Bob Stavros
Michael Higgins Dr. Walker
Blanche Baker Shari
William Nunn Pa
Karen Austin Natural Mother
Garwin Sanford Dr. Pitteo
Sheila Moore Dr. Sara Steppe
Anthony Holland Dr. Burt
Don Mackay Mr. Baldanza
Campbell Lane Mr. Edmond
Joy Coghill Patient #1
Nancy Beatty Lee
Sandra Seacat Barbara
William Taylor Attendant
Todd Duckworth Alan
Betty Phillips Mother Superior
Thomas Heaton Jim
Jason Priestley Boy #2 (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Lee Grant Director
Joseph Feury Producer
Mary Gallagher Screenwriter
Alan Heim Editor
Keith Hein Production Designer
Milton Justice Producer
Dyson Lovell Executive Producer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Small Score Composer
Ara Watson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Go Away [5:28]
2. Re-Admitting [7:12]
3. She's in My Care [4:39]
4. You Have to Save You [8:59]
5. Please Don't Let Me Fail [12:36]
6. Go Get 'Em, Marie [4:58]
7. Don't Stop Now [9:34]
8. A Crappy Morning [6:06]
9. The Float [4:23]
10. Your Own Key [7:31]
11. Marry Me [6:56]
12. Go Get 'Em, Babe [3:41]
13. Don't Go Away [9:05]
14. Here I Am [3:18]

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt very moved by this film. Not only is it an incredible drama, but its also a true story. A close family member of mine also suffered a mental illness and this story inspires everyone that there is always hope. Please see this film and I promise that you will not regret it. Marlo Thomas was absolutely excellent in the starring role.