Ellen Foster Poster

Release Date: 1997

PG-13|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
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: Julie Harris, Jena Malone, Ted Levine, Glynnis O'Connor, Debra Monk, Barbara Garrick, Kate Burton, Zeljko Ivanek

Director: John Erman

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Family, Growing up, Transformation, Emotional, Inspiring, 1980s


Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie