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Immediate Family -- Glenn Close and James Woods star as a successful young couple who have everything it takes to be parents...except a baby.
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Writer (WGA):
Barbara Benedek (written by)
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Release Date:
27 October 1989 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Close ... Linda Spector

James Woods ... Michael Spector

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Lucy Moore

Kevin Dillon ... Sam

Linda Darlow ... Lawyer Susan Drew

Mimi Kennedy ... Eli's Mom
Charles Levin ... Eli's Dad

Alma Beltran ... Spanish Woman
Jessica James ... Bessie

Ken Lerner ... Josh

Jane Greer ... Michael's Mother
Harrison Mohr ... Eli
Matthew Moore ... Jason
Kristen Sanderson ... Kristin ('Picasso')
Merrilyn Gann ... Kristin's Mom
Wendy Van Riesen ... Pregnant Woman
Ashlee MacMillam ... Girl at Puppet Show
Nora Kletter ... Girl at Puppet Show
Alisha Bell ... Kid on Blanket
Tony Dakota ... Kid on Blanket
Jennifer Sedman ... Kid on Blanket
Chelsea Hoover ... Kid on Blanket

Katharine Isabelle ... Birthday Girl Carrie (as Katie Murray)
Babs Chula ... Birthday Girl's Mom
Ben Reeder ... Paul
Thor Derkson ... Paper Boy
Jonathan Sedman ... Kid with Football
Jeff Stanford ... Lab Technician
Elinore Then ... Dr. Nathason's Nurse
Walter Marsh ... Dr. Nathanson
Deryl Fell ... Father at Game
John Kirkconnell ... Son at Game
Rebecca Toolan ... Real Estate Woman
Donna Peerless ... Linda's Client
Pamela Ludwig ... Anna

Deborah Offner ... Kathy
Lynn Eastman-Rossi ... Phone Operator (as Lynn Eastman)
Janet Judd ... Woman on Bus
Freda Perry ... Lawyer's Receptionist

Brenda Crichlow ... Doctor's Receptionist
Celine Lockhart ... Rich Woman
Anita Kam ... Rich Daughter
Bill Croft ... Man on Phone

Veena Sood ... Admitting Nurse
Tess Brady ... Delivery Doctor
Royce Wallace ... Nurse
Daniel Roberds ... Baby William Andrew
Benjamin Altschul ... One-year-old William
Nora Heflin ... Dr. Samuels
Richard White ... Anxious Father
Darrell Roberds ... Anxious Father

Gloria Reuben ... Maternity Nurse

Blu Mankuma ... Crib Mover
Andrew Kavadas ... Crib Mover
Andrea Mann ... Spanish Woman's Daughter
Beatriz Pizano ... Spanish Woman's Daughter
Venus Terzo ... Spanish Woman's Daughter: Ruby
Jo Bates ... Home Buyer
Rob Roy ... Home Buyer
Joyce Erickson ... Vet Receptionist
Simone Clelland ... Anne Marie
Robyn Simons ... Girl in Vet's Office
Liam Ramsey ... Lucy's Stepbrother
Maya Saunders ... Lucy's Stepsister

Stephen E. Miller ... Lucy's Stepfather
Jane Mortifee ... Sam's Mother (as Jane Mortifee-Birch)
Chuck Bennett ... Sportscaster
Colleen Darnell ... Salon Employee
Graeme Kingston ... Himself (as Toothpick the Clown)

Directed by
Jonathan Kaplan 
Writing credits
Barbara Benedek (written by)

Produced by
Lawrence Kasdan .... executive producer
Sarah Pillsbury .... producer
Midge Sanford .... producer
John H. Starke .... associate producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
John Lindley (director of photography) (as John W. Lindley)
Film Editing by
Jane Kurson 
Casting by
Sally Dennison 
Julie Selzer 
Production Design by
Mark S. Freeborn  (as Mark Freeborn)
Set Decoration by
Kimberley Richardson 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... hair stylist
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist: Ms. Close (as Joseph Campayno)
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist: Ms. Close
Deborah Figuly .... hair stylist: Mr. Woods
Deborah Figuly .... makeup artist: Mr. Woods
Irene Kenti .... makeup artist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist: Ms. Close
Bob Mills .... makeup artist: Ms. Close (as Robert J. Mills)
Production Management
Grace Gilroy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathy Gilroy .... second assistant director (as Kathy Gilroy-Sereda)
Andy Mikita .... third assistant director
David W. Rose .... first assistant director
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director
Vladimir Stefoff .... second assistant director
Art Department
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... assistant props
Alan Hoffman .... illustrator
Byron King .... set designer
Mike Rennison .... construction coordinator
Bill Thumm .... property master (as Bill Thumm)
Nancy Ford .... assistant art director (uncredited)
James Steuart .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Sandy Berman .... sound designer
Sandy Berman .... sound supervisor
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Jessica Gallavan .... adr editor
Anthony J. Giacinti .... boom operator (as Tony Giacinti)
Meredith Gold .... assistant sound editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Lawrence A. Maddox .... assistant sound editor
Bob O'Brien .... assistant sound editor
Mark Pappas .... foley supervisor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... foley mixer
Daryl Powell .... boom operator
Rod Rogers .... adr assistant
Larry Singer .... adr supervisor
Beth Sterner .... sound editor
Larry Sutton .... location sound mixer
Larry Sutton .... production sound
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor
Barbara Bruce .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John S. Bartley .... chief lighting technician
Oliver Berg .... best boy grip
John L. Brown .... dolly grip (as John Brown)
Douglas Craik .... first assistant camera
Barry Donlevy .... best boy
Les Erskine .... chief lighting technician
Tim Hogan .... key grip
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Brian Savage .... best boy
Peter A. Stursberg .... second assistant camera
Peter F. Woeste .... camera operator
Chris Johnson .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Shaun Lawless .... lighting technician (uncredited)
John Rigg .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Allen .... casting: Canada
Coreen Mayrs .... extras casting
Andrew Van Slee .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Blackie .... costumer
Christie Booth .... costumer
Michael Dennison .... costume supervisor
Monique Stahan .... costume department head
Editorial Department
Ivan Bilancio .... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Bruce Giesbrecht .... location assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Kate McGowan .... first assistant editor (as Dorothy McGowan)
Mary Morrisey .... second assistant editor
Michael Smith .... location assistant editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Transportation Department
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Sylvia Nablo .... transportation coordinator
Dale Shaben .... driver captain
Bill Watmough .... driver captain
Lawrence Albright .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jo-anne Barry .... production assistant
Jean Bereziuk .... script supervisor
Nancy B. Black .... assistant production coordinator
Robyn Britton .... production coordinator
Barbara Chomos .... unit publicist
Jono Drake .... production assistant
Dawn Dumas .... animal trainer (as Dawn Weiner)
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer (as Mark Wiener)
Gisele Fredette .... craft service first aid
Christine Haebler .... location manager
James Howard .... production assistant
Greg Jackson .... production assistant
Sulla Kay Kamer .... assistant: Mr. Kaplan
Don Lane .... caterer
Susan Montgomery .... production accountant
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Kay Rouse .... assistant to producer
Diane Scott .... production assistant
Cam Thompson .... caterer
Marsha Zvonkin .... assistant accountant
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Mary Stuart Masterson wore an eight-pound sack of bird seed around her stomach to simulate being pregnant.See more »
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At first I thought, "chick-flick"..., 14 February 2008
Author: icreeem from Lowell, MA, United States

...but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. The performances of each actor were exemplary...and surprising, considering James Woods' ability to play such a sleazy worm so convincingly (as in "The Onion Field" or "Against All Odds") and Glenn Close's horrifying character in "Fatal Attraction"...these are two outstanding actors, whose roles of a warm and long-married-yet-unfulfilled couple really put extra credibility in each of their bag of tricks. Masterson and Dillon are equally excellent as the working-class, clueless kids who are suddenly thrust into parenthood, seeing adoption as their only sensible option out of the situation. What I found most compelling is Michael and Linda (Woods and Close) are a couple who have it all; long-term experience in a loving marriage, excellent careers (he's a veterinarian, she's a real estate broker), a nice house near the bay, nice cars, etc...but are lacking what they really want; a child of their own. Their obvious envy of their friends' relationships with their children is played beautifully, where you can really feel the deep hurt of the "empty womb" through their expressions (the best of which is Michael's observing a young father and his son at a football game) and their discomfort of being among all the happy parents and their children (the birthday party). I found the anticipation of the arrival of Lucy (Masterson) and the ultimate arrival of the baby were very contagious, again, through the excellence of the cast. The glimpses of the younger couple's lives back in Ohio were very revealing as to their characters...again, superbly done! I also loved the understated mischief of the family dog, which, hilariously, closes the film. A warm movie, extremely enjoyable.

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