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Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 1989
A caring community and variety of people nation-wide come together to rescue a baby who is trapped in an abandoned water well, but they have a short time before something bad might happen.

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Mel Damski

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David Eyre Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Police Chief Richard Czech
Pat Hingle ... Fire Chief James Roberts
Roxana Zal ... Cissy Mcclure
Will Oldham ... Chip Mcclure
Whip Hubley ... Robert O'Donnell
Robin Gammell ... Msha Investigator Thomas Kaye
Walter Olkewicz ... Police Officer Andy Glasscock
Rudy Ramos ... Police Officer Manny Beltran
Jack Rader ... Public Information Officer James White
Guy Stockwell ... Bill Jones
Daryl Anderson ... Richard Armstrong
Mills Watson ... Charles Boler
Bo Foxworth ... Steve Forbes
Robin Frates Robin Frates ... Jamie Moore
Don Hood ... Fire Captain Alan Doyle
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Based on the true story of Jessica McClure who fell into a well while playing in her aunt's backyard. She was stuck in the well 22 feet down and it took rescuers 58 hours to get her out. There was fear that if they shook the earth too much with machinery, it could cause her to fall further down and die. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

58 heures d'angoisse See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Only a Parent Knows
25 December 2000 | by Zorro-3See all my reviews

As I am a daddy, this movie was hard for me to watch.

Shoot! The event was hard to hear about when it happened and I wasn't even a daddy then.

There are many views of this event and many levels on which to examine it. Some of the possibly valid ways would sound mean. (For example if I wanted to, (which I don't!) I COULD say poor children die every day, and I don't know about it and don't suffer for it, the way I did for Jessica McClure, because they die in a common, rather than an unusual way, and they are further away, than she was, and don't get the expedient media attention that Jessica got. But I am not (at least not yet) that cynical.

But the thing that made this movie was the SOUND of the little two-year old girl hooting and hollering up the hole, from twenty feet below. And the look on her dad's face. (There, but for the grace of God, might I be.) I don't know how I could ever endure such a thing. But all one can do is endure it.


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