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Who Are The DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?)
Who Are The DeBolts
And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?
Actors: Kim Atwood, Marty Atwood, Mike Atwood, Mimi Atwood, Noel Atwood
Director: John Korty
Genres: Comedy, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 12min

Follows a family who adopt thirteen special needs children while raising six from previous relationships.


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Actors: Kim Atwood, Marty Atwood, Mike Atwood, Mimi Atwood, Noel Atwood
Director: John Korty
Creators: Jon Else, Dan McCann, Henry Winkler, Mark L. Rosen, Warren Lockhart, Janet Peoples
Genres: Comedy, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Vietnam War, Docurama
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/27/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1977
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1977
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 12min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Vietnamese

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Movie Reviews

Henry Wrinkler does not narrate the DVD version
Neal R. Noble | Seattle | 08/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My only point in writing this review is warn people that it is not the same as TV version. It is a good film.

Not sure exactly what version is on the DVD and how it different from the TV version, but the DVD version does not have Henry Wrinkler as the narrator.

I recall watching this on TV many years ago, and there are scenes missing from the DVD version that were on TV. My guess is that this version was created before the TV version which Wrinkler narrates. Wrinkler does not narrates the DVD version, and the DVD version seem more of a "promotional" film hyping a perfectly happy Debolt family. My recollection of the TV version was it more realistic about the family struggles with raising such a large family of disabled children.

Good for keeping your family in perspective
J. Kennel | Terre Haute, IN USA | 10/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I stumbled across this documentary on Amazon and was very pleased to see it. I had never heard of it until I found it here on Amazon, but it is terrific to watch in a family setting or in a group of parents. It helps keep issues or struggles in perspective. Three simple things I took away from this film: they had a LOT of music and singing in their home; the parents admitted that they each had meltdowns at times and were very aware of keeping each other "up" and on top of the family; Mr. DeBolt stated that a person can make such a difference in a child's life by just spending 30 minutes with them. Both parents were shown doing just that, including pushing the "handicapped" children to new heights of achievement. VERY inspiring to see this family in action. If you think you can't expect great things from your children, think again (and buy this video)."
A personal recollection
Rick Carver | Virginia, USA | 09/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I went to school with Marty Atwood and met his sister Mimi. I remember the Life photographer coming to school to take a picture of Marty for the magazine in 1971. Where are you now Marty? Richard Ennis"
Amazing True Story
David E. Clark | 07/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a true story of a family with 19 mostly adopted children. Most of them are handicapped! If you think it's tough raising your kids, you need to see this. You don't know how easy you have it! :-)"