Love Child, subtitled 'a true story', is a tasteful and sincere filmization of young Ohioan Terry Jean Moore's battle to have and keep her baby (fathered by a guard) while serving a 20-year robbery term in Broward Correctional Institution in Florida.
Love Child, subtitled ‘a true story’, is a tasteful and sincere filmization of young Ohioan Terry Jean Moore’s battle to have and keep her baby (fathered by a guard) while serving a 20-year robbery term in Broward Correctional Institution in Florida.
In a strong screen debut, freckled Amy Madigan toplines as Moore, who while hitchhiking with her wild cousin Jesse (Lewis Smith), takes the rap when Jesse robs their driver of $5 while trying to steal the the car.
Possessing a wild temper and perennial chip on her shoulder, Moore looks headed for doom in stir. Befriended by a personable, guard, Jack Hansen (Beau Bridges) and a sympathetic young lesbian, J.J. (Mackenzie Phillips), she adjusts and even seems en route to legal freedom.
Targeting the picture squarely at a femme audience, script [from a story by Anne Gerard] emphasizes Moore’s self-reform as catalyzed by her awareness of the baby growing inside her and the new responsibility it represents. Madigan is excellent in the physically demanding central role.