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Late 1970s film, poss. TV-movie, young single mother can't read, rural setting

This may have been a TV-movie. The title may have been the name of the lead character. She was a very young woman who had a baby out of wedlock, she wanted to keep and raise him. She was illiterate and for the authorities to decide to let her keep her baby, she would have to learn to read -- for one thing she could get a higher paying job. It was kind of a rural town, a country environment.

I saw this on television in the early 80s and it was an old movie then.  All I can remember is the opening scene where she is walking on a country road and there were many flowers.
asked Feb 29, 2016 in Name That Movie by Aspen Bell (6 points)

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"Melanie"(1982)

'Melanie (O'Connor) travels to Los Angeles in an effort to regain custody of her son from her ex-husband (Johnson). Her illiteracy poses a major obstacle. She meets a faded musician (Cummings) with whom she develops a relationship.'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084318/?ref_=kw_li_tt

You can watch it in parts here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DwB1OWOipY
answered Feb 29, 2016 by Sandy (7,660 points)
selected Jul 7, 2017 by Aspen Bell
Thank you! I watched the first part of this on Youtube and I think this is it!
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