The Last Child

1971 "The time: sometime in the future. Mrs. Miller is going to have a baby. But the law says she can't. The law says the world's overpopulated. Run, Mrs. Miller! Run!"
6.7| 1h13m| NR| en| More Info
Released: 05 October 1971 Released
Producted By: Aaron Spelling Productions
Country: United States of America
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In a badly-overpopulated future, where each couple is only allowed one child and where people over 65 are forbidden medical care under a very draconian set of laws, a young couple, pregnant with their second child (the first died shortly after birth) enlist the help of an elderly former US Senator to help them escape to Canada.

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John Llewellyn Moxey

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Aaron Spelling Productions

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Micitype Pretty Good
Stevecorp Don't listen to the negative reviews
Huievest Instead, you get a movie that's enjoyable enough, but leaves you feeling like it could have been much, much more.
Maleeha Vincent It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.
Red-Barracuda This made for TV sci-fi thriller is set in a dystopian near future United States. Overpopulation has resulted in the government introducing policies limiting couples to one child and severely reduced medical aid for those over sixty-five. We are introduced to a young couple whose first child died in infancy. The woman has fallen pregnant again. The authorities find out and, facing forced abortion, they have to go on the run.I am guessing that concerns about overpopulation were rife back in the 70's, seeing as there were other science fiction films that dealt with this issue in slightly different ways (Soylent Green and Logan's Run spring to mind). It's a very bleak picture that The Last Child paints of the future in the USA, where the government has become somewhat fascistic in this issue at least and people are forced to flee to the more reasonable land of Canada! The movie's TV origins are pretty self-evident. For a sci-fi film it has a pretty contemporary look, with little in the way of futuristic sets or costumes. But it's the drama that propels this one, with a decent enough script. It isn't essential stuff by any means but it's certainly one that should interest sci-fi buffs, primarily those that have a love of the 70's strand.
Eugenia Loli I am an anti-overpopulation believer. I believe that harsh laws will eventually be put into place in the future, be it 1-child per family or 2-children per family (it doesn't matter how many, point is, there will have to be a restriction at some point).What I don't like about this movie is that they tried to make it look justified by introducing two elements that are not realistic: the forbidding of medically treating old people and the fact that the couple had a child before that died. I am pretty sure that if overpopulation becomes a problem, old people will be continued to be medically treated AND families that they lost their first child will be allowed to have a second chance.But because overpopulation restrictions might actually make sense, the writers of the movie tried to give justification to their own knee-jerk reaction kind of movie by adding non-realistic, *truly* fascistic elements in it. That's what bothers me with the plot.
britt_franklin@yahoo.com This movie was one of the most frightening I've ever seen because it is not only plausible, but may actually come to pass. I only wish it could be shown again and again on national television to remind us all of what can happen if the government ever takes over the health care system. When we undertake to surrender that much control of our lives to politicians and bureaucrats, the results will be catastrophic. Even today (2005) more and more control is shoved into our lives under the pretext of "security," and we are constantly treated to genuine and heartfelt reasons why we should surrender ever more control to the "authorities" who only wish us well. It is horrific to contemplate!
dnels The Last Child is an excellent movie which was classified as science Fiction and shows how irrational demand for the control of population can get out of hand and how one couple was willing and able to defy an unjust law so that the law could be changed