When Andrew Came Home (2000)





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Ordered by the courts to allow her ex-husband to take their five-year-old son Andrew home for the weekend, young mother Gail (Park Overall) has her worst fears realized when both father and son completely disappear. Despite the insensitivity and outright bungling of the authorities, Gail never gives up hope that, someday, she and Andrew will be reunited. Finally, after five long and agonizing years, her former husband surrenders the boy and sends him home. But instead of the happy, carefree Andrew whom she remembers, Gail is confronted with a sullen, embittered ten-year-old, still smarting from half a lifetime of unspeakable abuse. Based on a true story, When Andrew Came Home (filmed under the title Taming Andrew) chronicles Gail's heroic efforts to "reach" her battered son and convince him that he is now in the arms of those who love him, and will never do him any harm. The made-for-cable film premiered October 30, 2000 on the Lifetime network.
Drama , Television
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Hearst Entertainment & Syndication


Jason Beghe
as Eddie
Seth Adkins
as Andrew
Lynne Deragon
as Joanne
Shannon Lawson
as Deena Drake
Evan Laszlo
as Young Andrew
Hugo Hardinge
as Eddie Jr.
Oliver Hardinge
as Eddie Jr.
Jeff Clarke
as Mr. Kemper
Eve Crawford
as Janet Hilgarde
Kim Roberts
as Margaret Granger
Stan Coles
as Dr. Burton
Bruce Gray
as Dr. Matthews
Jake Goldsbie
as Carl Rudnick
Rhona Shekter
as Mrs. Rudnick
Jean Daigle
as Officer Pearl
Patrick Chilvers
as Officer Reston
Joanne Reece
as Officer Warner
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The film centres on Gail, whose second husband Eddie has become a loving father figure to her three-year-old son Andrew, with the three of them forming a close family unit. However, Andrew's natural father Ted still have visitation rights so one summer afternoon he arrives to take his young son for the day. Only this time, he has no intention of returning the boy. Five years pass, during which a devastated Gail never gives up on her son, when suddenly Ted calls and announces he's sending Andrew home. But the withdrawn, emotionally-stunted eight-year-old Gail and Eddie collect is a far cry from the sunny-natured toddler they remembered. Gail soon discovers that while she might physically have her son back, she faces another fight to help this skittish, traumatised child reintegrate into the family and into society in general while finding the key to unlocking what brutalities he endured at the hands of his father during the years he was missing. Young Seth Adkins was absolutely phenomenal as Andrew, giving a breath-taking performance of a little boy who is emotionally deeply hurt and whose behaviour is almost feral in nature. Through Adkins', you truly get a sense that Andrew is very much a frustrated and angry boy taught to react on instinct, knowing what he's doing is often wrong but is unable to stop himself even though he really does just want to be 'normal'. Park Overall also gives a strong performance as Gail, the devoted mother who is determined never to give up on her son while battling her own underlying guilt for letting him go with Ted in the first place.

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