Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure

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Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure
Directed by Mel Damski
Produced by Diana Kerew (producer)
Patricia Clifford (executive producer)
Written by David Eyre, Jr.
Starring Beau Bridges
Pat Hingle
Roxana Zal
Will Oldham
Whip Hubley
Music by Mark Snow
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Edited by Ron Binkowski
Distributed by Industrial Distribution
Release dates
21 May 1989 (USA)
Country  United States
Language English

Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989) is a dramatic television film for ABC, based on the true story of the rescue of 18-month-old Jessica McClure in a well. It featured, as extras, many participants in the actual rescue and its coverage.


Based on the true story of Jessica McClure, the child who fell down an abandoned water well while playing one afternoon in her aunt's backyard in Midland, Texas. She was stuck in the well 22 feet down and it took rescuers 58 hours to get her out. There was fear that if they shook the ground too much with machinery they could cause her to fall further down and die. Rescuers managed to successfully excavate alongside the well shaft and bring her to safety.


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