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Writers (WGA):
Elizabeth Mehren (book)
Susan Baskin (teleplay)
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Release Date:
25 April 1993 (USA) See more »
The story about the daughter of journalist Fox Butterfield who was born prematurely in the fifth month of his wife's pregnancy. Doctors save her, but she becomes dependent on constant medical attention. The parents debate what to do. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Moriarty ... Fox Butterfield

Pamela Reed ... Elizabeth Mehren

Terry O'Quinn ... Dr. Friedman

Joanna Gleason ... Annemarie

Elizabeth Ruscio ... Dr. Jane Gerstner

Tina Lifford ... Latanya

Christianne Hirt ... Carol

Christine Avila ... Mrs. Diaz

Dennis Redfield ... Tom

Jay Brazeau ... Dr. Wolf

Kimberley Warnat ... Sarah Butterfield

Kaj-Erik Eriksen ... Ethan Butterfield (as Kaj-Erik Ericksen)
Denis Simpson ... Jeff

Kelli Fox ... The Nurse

Hiro Kanagawa ... Resident
Freda Perry ... Edna

Brenda Crichlow ... Flight Attendant
Chelsi Souch ... Emily

Eli Gabay ... Writer

Richard Newman ... Proprietor
Susan Astley ... Labor Nurse

Akiko Morison ... Lab Technician
Constance Barnes ... Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chilton Crane ... Ilene
Mariangela Pino ... Leslie

Directed by
Noel Nosseck 
Writing credits
Elizabeth Mehren (book "Born Too Soon")

Susan Baskin (teleplay)

Produced by
Deirdre Berthrong .... co-producer
R.W. Goodwin .... producer
Robert M. Myman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Frank Beascoechea (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert F. Shugrue 
Casting by
Molly Lopata 
Art Direction by
Susan Longmire 
Set Decoration by
Christine MacLean  (as Christine Maclean)
Costume Design by
Sharon Purdy 
Makeup Department
Rosalina Da Silva .... makeup supervisor
Sanna Seppanen .... hair stylist
Production Management
Suzy Beugen .... executive in charge of production
David A. Shepherd .... unit production manager (as David Shepard)
Randall Torno .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Blecha .... trainee assistant director
Peter Dashkewytch .... first assistant director
Tim Sereda .... third assistant director
Sue Wisener .... second assistant director
Art Department
Marina Dimakopoulos .... assistant art director
Juanita Holden .... property master
Alex Kutschera .... lead props
Sound Department
Sam Black .... re-recording mixer
Anthony Constantini .... re-recording mixer (as Anthony Costantini)
Michael C. Gutierrez .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Gutierrez)
Thomas J. Huth .... re-recording mixer
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer (as Michael Williamson)
Special Effects by
Tibor Farkas .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Owen Taylor .... gaffer
John Zulinski .... key grip
Robert Stecko .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Sid Kozak .... casting: Vancouver
Sandi Nielsen .... casting associate
Editorial Department
David Lurie .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ian Overend .... location manager
Bev White .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Transportation Department
Don Dykens .... transportation coordinator
Charles Ingram .... transportation captain
Paul Irvine .... driver
Other crew
Candice Dickens .... production secretary (as Candace Dickens)
Joann Egan .... assistant: Ms. Berthrong
Sue Forsythe .... technical advisor
Susan Kavesh .... production coordinator
Harry Knapp .... production accountant
Janet D. Munro .... script supervisor (as Janet Munro)
Frances Priest .... assistant: Mr. Myman
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Tina Dawson .... accounting clerk (uncredited)

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A haunting and touching true story, 24 October 2001
Author: Amy B (BentWarpedAndTwisted) from Maxeys, GA, US

This true story of the premature birth of Emily Butterfield, the daughter of journalists Fox Butterfield and his wife Elizabeth Mehren, will tear at your heartstrings. Born at only 5 months' gestation, Emily was alarmingly premature; her fight for life spanned many months and was fraught with one medical complication after another. Fox and Elizabeth faced the ultimate moral dilemma: Allow the doctors to use any means necessary, no matter how extreme, to save her life, despite the probability of future permanent health problems and present pain, or let nature take its course.

Michael Moriarty and Pamela Reed are outstanding as Fox Butterfield and Elizabeth Mehren - their performances are gut-wrenchingly realistic and touching. Also turning in fine performances are Terry O'Quinn and Joanna Gleason. This was a made for TV movie but I would encourage everyone to see it; the story was adapted from the book by Elizabeth Mehren, which is an incredible read.

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