An IMDb user calls A GIRL NAMED SOONER, "a beautiful story that will tug at your heart." The only scene from this T.V. movie that I recall, and vividly, is the one in which Sooner shows her tame pigeon to a group of kids who then throw gravel and pebbles at the pigeon till it's dead. Sorry, but I can't find an image of this scene online.
Another made-for-T.V. movie that traumatized me concerns a couple who moves to a rural town where the wife becomes involved in a fertility cult. I was fairly certain that ED BEGLEY JR. played the, uh, male praying mantis. If I remember correctly, the final scene shows the infertile out-of-towner husband blinded and with his tongue cut out. I can't find anything in BEGLEY JR.'s filmography that sounds anything like this movie. Does it ring a bell with you? It would've aired in the late â€˜70s or possibly the early â€˜80s.
Thanks for reminding me of BORN INNOCENT! The big kids on the school bus had to explain to us littl'uns what the deal was with the plunger.
UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Senski to the rescue again with THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME.