Nobody's Child (1986 film)

Nobody's Child is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film directed by Lee Grant which won a Directors Guild of America Award. It is based on the autobiographical account of the same title by Marie Balter who was sent to a mental institution aged sixteen, with a script adapted by writers Mary Gallagher and Ara Watson.[1] The cast includes Marlo Thomas, Ray Baker, and Caroline Kava.

Nobody's Child
Written byMary Gallagher
Ara Watson
Directed byLee Grant
StarringMarlo Thomas
Ray Baker
Caroline Kava
Kathy Baker
Theme music composerMichael Small
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Dyson Lovell
Producer(s)Joseph Feury
Milton Justice (co-producer)
Production location(s)Vancouver
CinematographySven Nykvist
Editor(s)Alan Heim
Running time100 min.
Production company(s)Gaylord Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 6, 1986


  1. ^ Janis Cole, Holly Dale Calling the Shots: Profiles of Women Filmmakers - Page 94 - 1993 "Q: What is the film Nobody's Child about? A: Nobody's Child is the story of Marie Boulter. The true story of Marie Boulter, who went into a mental institution when she was sixteen. And when she was thirty-six she decided she did not want to be ..."

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