MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,527 this week

My Body, My Child (1982)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  12 April 1982 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 89 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

A woman must choose between having an abortion or giving birth to a deformed child.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 86 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 51 titles
created 03 Jul 2013
 
a list of 114 titles
created 13 Mar 2014
 
a list of 297 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: My Body, My Child (TV Movie 1982)

My Body, My Child (TV Movie 1982) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of My Body, My Child.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Gwyn Marcus has always wanted a marriage like her parents. She has just accepted the proposal of her boyfriend Matt, but she has misgivings about their future together. Her fear of ... See full summary »

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Mia Farrow, Antonio Banderas
The Ryan White Story (TV Movie 1989)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.

Director: John Herzfeld
Stars: Judith Light, Lukas Haas, Michael Bowen
The Room Upstairs (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The life of a lonely and isolated woman is transformed when she opens herself up to the outside world and to a gentle, romantic relationship.

Director: Stuart Margolin
Stars: Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Linda Hunt
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Young Lori Anderson lost her father in a plane crash. While her mother appears to be picking up the pieces of her life, Lori isn't. She is resentful of every decision that her mother makes ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wiemer
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Addison, Tom Shea
Playing for Time (TV Movie 1980)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.

Directors: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams
Firstborn (1984)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet
Square Pegs (1982–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Welcome to Weemawee High School, where being in the right clique can make one's years in school memorable. Enter Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, two freshman who tried hard to be ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Merritt Butrick
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sally Struthers, Lexi Randall
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Tom Trbovich
Stars: Jack Albertson, Lloyd Bridges, George Burns
A Year in the Life (1987–1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Joe Gardner, a child of the Depression, is a successful plastics manufacturer in Seattle, Washington. After his wife dies, his four adult children move back in. Anne, 35 and an ex-hippie, ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Kiley, Trey Ames, Adam Arkin
The Little Match Girl (TV Movie 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

As a little girl is daydreaming out the window, her wicked father comes home. It's Christmas Eve. She tells her father that she was thinking about her Grandmother and of how nice Christmas ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Bramall, Tom G. Robertson
Stars: Lynsey Baxter, Edwin Brown, Golda Casimir
Terror at Alcatraz (TV Movie 1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tom and Dick Smothers play Bones Howard and Ryan Fitzgerald, a TV cameraman and intrepid reporter, respectively, involved in the race to find the buried treasure of Al Capone on Alcatraz ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Diana Muldaur
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Leenie Cabrezi
...
Poppa MacMahon
Joseph Campanella ...
Joe Cabrezi
Stephen Elliott ...
Dr. Gallagher
...
Dr. Dan Berensen
...
Adele
...
Barbara 'Bo'
Kenneth Kimmins ...
Bill
Stephen D. Newman ...
Dr. Fialkin
...
Katy (as Sarah J. Parker)
...
Nancy
Alexandra Borrie ...
Jana
Leon B. Stevens ...
Dr. Butler
Charles Kahlenberg ...
Dr. Spokes
Mavis Ray ...
Aunt Beasey
Edit

Storyline

A woman must choose between having an abortion or giving birth to a deformed child.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lilac Season  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Jack Albertson's final role. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A wrenching emotional journey...
26 September 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Eileen "Leenie" Cabrezi (Vanessa Redgrave) is a middle-aged mother of 3 teen daughters and happily married to fireman Joe (Joseph Campanella). As her children got older, she went back to college and became a teacher. As she is struggling to cope with the recent death of her beloved mother, she feels certain she is pregnant.

Her brother-in-law, a physician, refers her to Dr. Berensen (James Naughton). Berensen assumes, due to her age and recent bereavement, that Leenie's just a head case. He quickly dismisses her as not pregnant, prescribes some medication and hurries her out the door.

Devastated that she is not pregnant with the child she very much wanted and still grieving her mother, Leenie spends the summer feeling sick, tired and depressed and growing withdrawn from her loving husband and family. She's also frequently popping the pills doctors and family members have pushed at her, none of which are making her feel better.

During x-rays following a minor car accident, doctors realize that she actually has been pregnant all along. A new gynecologist breaks the news that the medications she's been ingesting, combined with her radiation exposure during the x-rays, leave very little chance that her baby will be born without serious birth defects, if it even lives.

The rest of the film shows Leenie's anguish over the decision either to have the baby or to get an abortion. As strong Catholics, she and most of her family don't believe in abortion, but Leenie also can't bear the idea of the child she already loves suffering. Redgrave is beautiful, vulnerable and heartbreaking as she plays these emotional scenes.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
eBay? sallygub
Discuss My Body, My Child (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?