In the Best Interest of the Children

In the Best Interest of the Children

Michael Ray Rhodes (1992)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A heart-wrenching and thought-provoking American TV drama, based on the true story of the two-year battle by a manic depressive single mother to retain custody of her five children. Sarah Jessica Parker turns in a fine lead performance, while powerful direction and a superior screenplay make this far more than a routine tear-jerker, and force not just the characters, but also the viewer, into making almost impossible choices about what is, indeed, in the best interest of the children.


A manic depressive woman is released from an institution and tries to regain custody of her five children. However, their foster parents wish to officially adopt them, and her eldest daughter believes that would be for the best. As a bitter legal battle ensues, the mother's mental health begins to deteriorate once more. Fact-based drama, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Sally Struthers.

Cast & Crew

Callie Cain Sarah Jessica Parker
Patty Pepper Sally Struthers
Carla Scott Elizabeth Ashley
Jessica Cain Lexi Randall
Julie Cain Jessica M Campbell
Susie Cain Lacey Guyon
Cindy Cain Amanda Laughlin
Director Michael Ray Rhodes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video