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In this TV movie set in the American South during the 1980s, 11-year-old Ellen (Jena Malone) enters a life of hardship after her mother's suicide. Fleeing her abusive father, she goes first to live with her bitter grandmother (Julie Harris) and then is shuttled to one strange household after another, always beset by new problems and difficulties but gaining strength and insight along the way. The title of the film refers to her misunderstanding the phrase "foster family."

Cast & Crew

Julie Harris
Leonora Nelson
Jena Malone
Ellen Foster
Ted Levine
Bill Hammond
Glynnis O'Connor
Charlotte Nelson Hammond
Debra Monk
Aunt Nadine
Zeljko Ivanek
Chief Inspector
Lynne Moody
Mrs. Douglas
Bill Nunn
Mr. Douglas
Allison Jones
Starletta Douglas
Amanda Peet
Julia Hobbs
Charles W. Gray
Alvin
Maria Nation
Screenwriter
William Hanley
Screenwriter
Richard Welsh
Executive Producer
Brian West
Cinematographer
Bill Blunden
Film Editor
John Morris
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