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Love Child (1982)

The true story of Terry Jean Moore, a young woman who is imprisoned for 7 years on account of a "five dollar" robbery. In prison she gets pregnant by a jailer and has to fight to keep her child.


Larry Peerce


Anne Gerard (screenplay), Katherine Specktor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Madigan ... Terry Jean Moore
Beau Bridges ... Jack Hansen
Mackenzie Phillips ... J.J.
Albert Salmi ... Captain Ellis
Joanna Merlin ... Mrs. Sturgis
Margaret Whitton ... Jacki Steinberg
Lewis Smith ... Jesse Chaney
Dennis Lipscomb ... Arthur Brady
Anna Maria Horsford ... Mara
Michael Shane Michael Shane ... Judge Hare
Randy Lowell ... Striker (as Randy Dreyfuss)
Rhea Perlman ... June Burns
Juanita Mahone Juanita Mahone ... Cecily
Richard Whiting Richard Whiting ... Judge Weston
Luis Avalos ... Tony


Terry Jean Moore is a 17-year old girl, trying to survive, in her small hometown in Ohio. She really doesn't have much in the way of belief in her own values, so when her cousin shows up to raise some hell, she goes along with him for the ride. She knows this kid is likely to cause a lot of trouble for them both, but she doesn't have much in the way of wherewithal or confidence in her own ability to tell him so. When he commits an armed robbery of someone, Terry knows things just got very real, and when they are caught, it is she, instead of her punk cousin, who catches the most heat. Because of a lot of self-destructive rage she carries inside, she ends increasing her time in confinement, and in fact is sentenced to a Florida womens prison where she meets a deputy, played by Beau Bridges, who promises her the moon, with no intentions of following through. Soon, she is pregnant by this man, and slowly begins to realize that there is no something very real for her to fight for. With ... Written by eagenge@gmail.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


At 19, she was convicted of armed robbery. At 20, she fell in love with a prison guard and had his baby. This is the true story of a courageous woman's fight for the only right she had left.


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Originally, this was intended to be a made-for-television film. When the producers saw how well Amy Madigan played the title role, they released it in theatres so that Madigan had a chance at an Academy Award nomination (she wasn't nominated for this film but years later, she was nominated for Twice in a Lifetime (1985)). See more »


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A real eye-opener!
27 November 1998 | by Cal-16See all my reviews

This is quite a fascinating film. It shows us how the criminal justice system works and what it's like inside prison. We feel intimidated, hopeful, disgusted, and downright "in love", just as the lead character does. We can see both sides of the picture, too - from Captain Ellis' very logical advice to the lawyers' dilemma. The games the lawyers and judges play are very realistic, as well. This is based on a true story, and you'll be very much caught up in it. Both sides of the issue have good points. I'm very glad this important issue was given center stage.

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Release Date:

15 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criança Amada: Uma História Real See more »

Filming Locations:

Broward County, Florida, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,091, 17 October 1982

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Ladd Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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