Ellen Foster (1997)





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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.
Drama , Television
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Okay, so I watched the whole movie and I have to say that I was wondering how good it was going to turn out but it was pretty dull, cloying, and not very compelling. The girl ends up having a happy ending when she finally has enough of her family and fights them. It made me cry happy tears and I did sob seeing her angry tears and her precocious acting when she cries, but the movie itself just doesn't pull much emotions. It's pretty saving that Jena Malone (Ellen) is doing a good job in the role but it's a shame the movie could've been better. I think I was crying moreso how good Jena Malone is.

This movie is about a girl(Ellen) who's mother dies,then she becomes stuck with her abusive drunk father,till Ellen is taken from him then goes from family member to family member in search of a stable happy home.Its a sad dragged out story of a girl that's unwanted by nearly everyone.Luckily she finds a foster family (hence Ellen FOSTER) and lives happily with them.I enjoyed this movie,it shows how cold hearted some people can be.Optimism-just when your about to give up....the sun comes out,kind of story!

isabella russo
isabella russo

[left] In my English class, we just finished reading Ellen Foster the novel. Our teacher showed us the movie to see how they compared. I give this movie a 1 for trying, but it was a terrible attempt. Way too over-exaggerated and plain dumb. The story skipped around so much it barely made any sense, and to make it worse they added scenes that weren't in the book when they could've very well just added parts from the book so the movie wouldn't skip around so much. The acting was poor, for every tear seemed force, and the cast did not seem into his or her role. This movie is terrible, and in no situation do I reccomend it, unless of course you have to take notes on it in English.[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/rotten.gif[/img] [/left]

Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner

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