God Bless the Child

God Bless the Child

Larry Elikann (1988)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Mare Winningham was one of the original Brat Pack but, apart from her Oscar-nominated turn in Georgia, she hasn't really realised her potential. However, she gives a truly moving performance in this superior TV movie as a woman who is forced to raise her daughter in a shelter for the homeless after she is abandoned by her husband. Grace Johnston excels as her gutsy seven-year-old, while Dorian Harewood is compassion itself as the social worker who befriends them. Director Larry Elikann is a past master of this sort of human interest drama and never allows sentiment to confuse the issue.


Poverty and hardship force a single mother and her seven-year-old daughter to move into a shelter for the homeless. Drama, starring Mare Winningham, Grace Johnston and Dorian Harewood.

Cast & Crew

Theresa Johnson Mare Winningham
Calvin Reed Dorian Harewood
Hillary Johnson Grace Johnston
Chandra Watkins Charlayne Woodard
Raymond Watkins Obba Babatunde
Althea Watkins L Scott Caldwell
Director Larry Elikann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for some of its violence, and contains swearing.Available on: video and DVD