All God's Children

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The issue of forced school busing is explored with an unfortunately heavy hand in All God's Children. Richard Widmark plays a judge who is tortured with guilt after a school bus is stolen. The robbery was a prank, committed as a reaction to the judge's ruling that selected black students must be bused to white schools, and vice versa. The vehicle was appropriated by two high schoolers, one black, one white. The film's tension arises from the fact that a burned-beyond-recognition body was found in the wreckage; the families of both boys wait in anguish to discover the identity of a victim, while the rest of the community threatens to erupt into violence no matter what the outcome of the autopsy. All God's Children was first telecast April 20, 1980.


Richard Widmark
as Judge Parke Denison
Ned Beatty
as Mike Naponic
Ossie Davis
as Blaine Whitfield
Mariclare Costello
as Winnie Naponic
Ruby Dee
as Irene Whitfield
John Harkins
as Dr. Munter
Fredric Lehne
as Howard Naponic
Ken Swofford
as Captain Sam Pierce
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