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The Yarn Princess (1994)

Margaret, who has certain mental disabilities, struggles when her husband, Jake, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and the authorities wish to take her children away from her. She has to ... See full summary »

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Tom McLoughlin

Writer:

Dalene Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Smart ... Margaret Thomas
Robert Pastorelli ... Jake Thomas
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Steven Hoffman
Justin Burnette Justin Burnette ... Mike
Karl David-Djerf Karl David-Djerf ... Jimmy Thomas
Luke Edwards ... Daniel Thomas
Lee Garlington ... Wanda
Shirley Knight ... Esther
Jared Rushton ... Peter Thomas
Giuliana Santini Giuliana Santini ... Peggy
Donal Logue ... Bob Mathews
Bradley Pierce ... Joshua 'Josh' Thomas
Jesse D. Goins ... Pete
Steven Banks Steven Banks ... Ryan Flynn
Peter Crook Peter Crook ... Preacher
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Margaret, who has certain mental disabilities, struggles when her husband, Jake, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and the authorities wish to take her children away from her. She has to prove in a court of law that she is capable of taking care of her family. Written by Lars Skogan <siv_921362@debet.nhh.no>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

More Than a Miracle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A must see movie for anyone who's fallen victim to Child Protective Services
29 June 2004 | by cjmbabscSee all my reviews

A mother's desperate struggle, to keep her family of six boys and her husband with her. When her husband is suddenly struck by a mental illness, this slow witted, yet devoted mother seeks help from the State. Instead, the State victimizes them, through unfeeling policies and protocols. At first it seems they want to help, but their callous interference leads to family disintegration and one of the older boys becomes disenchanted with his home life. Convincing one of his brothers to come with him into foster care, provides a slippery slope for the State to seek custody for the rest of the children. With help from a prominent lawyer, devoted to her, but dubious in motive, the State is forced to return the children from foster care and provide the services, she had sought for her family, in the first place...

( Note ) One of this mother's most endearing qualities, was her ability to make up fairy tales, from true life experiences, to entertain her children; but the greatest fairy tale of them all, comes true, in the ending of this story. The boys come home from foster care, having learned that just about anyone can be good parents, but the yearning, in their hearts belonged to the only one they could truly call," mom ".


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