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"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."
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 5.7  (297)

Love Child is a 1982 American drama film directed by Larry Peerce, based on a true story. The film centers around Terry Jean Moore (Amy Madigan), a young woman who falls in love with a man named Jay (Beau Bridges) while working as a waitress in a coffee shop. The two begin a passionate romance, leading to Terry getting pregnant. However, Jay is already married with two children and does not want anything to do with Terry or the baby. Unable to support herself and the baby, Terry decides to give up her child for adoption.

The film follows Terry's journey as she tries to move on from the pain of losing her child and start a new life. She meets a kind-hearted man named Lane (Kevin Conway) and the two begin a relationship. However, Terry's past continues to haunt her, as she is constantly reminded of the child she gave up.

Meanwhile, the adopted parents of Terry's child, Lynn and Alan Donnelly (Mackenzie Phillips and Brian Kerwin), struggle with their own issues. Lynn is unable to have children and sees the adoption as her only chance at motherhood. Alan, on the other hand, is unhappy with his job and feels inadequate as a father.

As time passes, Terry's life takes a turn for the worse. She becomes involved with drugs and ends up in jail. However, she never forgets about her child and continues to hope for a reunion.

The film is a powerful exploration of love, loss, and the human experience. The performances by the cast are exceptional, with Madigan and Bridges delivering nuanced and emotional portrayals of their complex characters.

The cinematography is stunning, capturing the gritty beauty of New York City in the 1980s. The film's soundtrack, featuring music by Bruce Springsteen, adds to the film's emotional impact.

Love Child is a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking film that explores the true meaning of family and the lengths people will go for love. It is a must-see for anyone who appreciates powerful drama and exceptional acting.

Love Child is a 1982 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

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    1 hr 36 min
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    5.7  (297)