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Writers (WGA):
Sandra Jennings (story)
Sandra Jennings (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
5 October 1992 (USA) See more »
To save the life of their daughter, they will have to risk the life of their son. See more »
Sixteen-year-old Cassie Robbins is a spirited teenage girl, who loves her father Richard and stepmother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Joanna Kerns ... Mel Robbins

Bruce Davison ... Richard Robbins

Joseph Mazzello ... Willy Robbins (as Joe Mazzello)

Jeremy Sisto ... Josh Ryan

Bruce McGill ... Dan Ryan

Steven Gilborn ... Dr. Andrews

Rondi Reed

Ron Canada

Reese Witherspoon ... Cassie Robbins

J.D. Hall ... Coach Watson
Phillip Curry ... Judge Bloom
William Newman ... Dr. Edwards
Debby Shively ... Angela Vincente

Larry Brandenburg ... Ed Foster

Shaun Duke ... Benny (as Duke Moosekian)
Mary Kohnert ... Mrs. Hefner
Huck Liggett ... Danny

Bryan Anthony ... Tough Kid
Mark Davenport ... Mark
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dean Scofield ... John Schuyler (uncredited)

Directed by
Andy Tennant 
Writing credits
Sandra Jennings (story)

Sandra Jennings (teleplay) and
Maggie Kleinman (teleplay)

Produced by
Andrew Adelson .... executive producer
Original Music by
John M. Keane 
Cinematography by
Peter Stein 
Film Editing by
Debra Neil-Fisher  (as Debra Neil)
Casting by
Holly Powell 
Production Design by
Chester Kaczenski 
Set Decoration by
Judi Sandin 
Costume Design by
Debra McGuire 
Makeup Department
Dee Mansano .... special makeup effects artist
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair stylist
Kelvin R. Trahan .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Printz .... first assistant director
Jeff Rafner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Craig .... on-set dresser
Elan Papa .... swing
Angelo Sotereanos .... swing gang
Sound Department
Michael C. Gutierrez .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Hennech .... camera production assistant
Tom Nichols .... key grip
Bill H. Roberts Jr. .... second assistant camera (a camera)
Charles M. Smallwood .... dolly grip
Tony Varuola .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Kim Everett .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Scott Janush .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator
Chris Basso .... driver: production van
Other crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Karen May .... script supervisor
Margi Newquist .... production coordinator
Geoffrey Ryan .... location manager


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100 min | Germany:88 min
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Quick comment..., 8 March 2004
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This film was incredible. I was only 7 when it came out and I recorded it from tv and I just watched it again now, 11 years later. It's so much more than a sappy disease movie. It really makes you think about what you would have to do in their situation. It describes the situation between the step-mother, the father, and the brother. A huge part of the movie is whether or not they will allow their son to be a bone marrow donor. The whole time, I sided with the father, because the risks were small that he would be affected by it and he shouldn't have to grow up knowing that he could have saved his sister's life. A+++ I guarantee it to anyone who doesn't mind crying.

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