Little Girl Lost

Theatrical Release: April 25, 1988
DVD Release: December 7, 2006
Little Girl Lost


Clara and Brady (Tess Harper, Frederic Forrest) have been loving parents of Tella DeBusk (Marie Martin) since she was a one-year-old. Now, their family is being torn apart by court mandates and a children’s services bureau that demands she be placed back into the custody of her natural father, a suspected child abuser. The Brady’s begin to sell their belongings and commit their lives to battle the system in the effort to save and adopt their foster child. A story that celebrates the very essence of family, of love and the needs of children at any price.

Dove Review

This is a touching story set in 1979 which includes a mystery in it until the end and will keep the viewer watching in order to learn the outcome. A little girl named Tella (Marie Martin) has been living with foster parents Tim and Clara Brady (Frederic Forrest and Tess Harper) who lavish their love on her and want to adopt her. However, her real father, “Papa Ed”, wants her back despite the fact he didn’t take good care of her the first time around. When Tella complains about Papa Ed, Clara realizes he has been molesting his own daughter. Determined with the help of her husband Tim, Clara sets out with a vengeance to fight the local child custody officials and she and her husband begin selling off what they own in order to maintain a good lawyer.

Tella is eventually given back to her father, and the story continues to be about the love the Brady’s have for Tella and how they refuse to give up the fight. This is a wonderful story about perseverance, love and doing the right thing. We commend the filmmakers and gladly award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus, due to the sensitive theme of the story and a bit of mild language. This story will help you to appreciate your family even more than you already do. The words to describe this story are Fantastic! Superb! Magnificent!

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between husband and wife.
Language: D-3; H-2; Crap-1
Violence: Arguments between caseworker and family; argument between natural father and foster parents.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A little girl is molested but it is not shown in the story but is mentioned.


Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Writer: Ann Beckett
Director: Sharron Miller
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 94 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Tess Harper; Frederic Forrest; Patricia Kalember; Christopher McDonald
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter