Ellen Foster (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama, Family Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed in Vancouver, this Hallmark Hall of Fame takes place during the '70s in the U.S. After the death of her mother, Charlotte (Glynis O'Connor), 10-year-old Ellen Foster (Jena Malone, who narrates) suffers abuse from her alcoholic father (Ted Levine) and is ill-treated by her maternal aunts Nadine (Debra Monk) and Betsy (Barbara Garrick) and also by Nadine's mean daughter Dora (Kimberly Brown). Ellen is sent to live with her grief-stricken grandmother Leonora (Julie Harris), but her problems continue since the mean-spirited Leonora blames Ellen for Charlotte's death. Harry Nilsson's song, "Remember Christmas," is featured. This TV movie premiered December 14, 1997 on CBS.

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abuse, alcoholism, aunt, daughter, death, dysfunctional, family-abuse, father, grandmother, grief, mother

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High Production Values