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A Brand New Life (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 20 February 1973
After 18 years of marriage, a middle-aged couple has to face the prospect of having their first child.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Victoria Douglas
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A couple in their forties face an unplanned pregnancy after many years of marriage. They long since gave up trying to have children, believing it wasn't possible. While the husband is thrilled, the wife has conflicting feelings. She is happy with their life, has a job she loves and thinks they are too old to be having their first child, but isn't sure that having an abortion is the right decision. The pair receive a lot of advice, some solicited and some not, from friends, family, doctors and even strangers. Written by Anonymous

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A litany of questions for impending mothers...all happily resolved by the birth of a healthy baby
28 May 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Forty year-old working woman, happy in her marriage and excited by her job as assistant manager at the local opera house, finds out she's pregnant for the first time. Cloris Leachman won an Emmy for her solid work in this sympathetic TV-made drama, one that strives to teach us something while stirring our maternal or paternal sides. Both Cloris' best friend and her elderly mother try talking her out of having the child--seemingly just so writers Peggy Chantler Dick and Jerome Kass can bring up the abortion issue--while husband Martin Balsam vacillates between nervous anticipation and fear. The obligatory scenes are trotted out: the natural childbirth class (complete with labor film), the friendly young woman whose infant is stillborn, the office baby shower, etc. Leachman frets, beams, cries, giggles and, most amusingly, worries about her toenails when she goes into labor. The picture isn't much, with all that angst obliterated by the upbeat slide-show finale, but it's well-enough done for '70s television.


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