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.

Love Child

Production

Ladd/Warner. Director Larry Peerce; Producer Paul Maslansky; Screenplay Anne Gerard, Katherine Specktor; Camera James Pergola; Editor Bob Wyman; Music Charles Fox; Art Director Don Ivey

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Amy Madigan Beau Bridges Mackenzie Phillips Albert Salmi Joanna Merlin Margaret Whitton
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