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Family of Strangers (1993)

Julie must disclose her family's medical history before undergoing major surgery, but when she questions her family, she discovers that she was adopted and later, that her conception was the product of a rape.

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Julie
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Beth Thompson
Martha Gibson ...
Sue
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Del
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Tim
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Sam
Ashleigh Aston Moore ...
Megan (as Ashley Rogers)
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Earl
John Shaw ...
Bill Curtis
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
Wayne Anderson
Mel Ryane ...
Dr. Fowler (as Melody Ryane)
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Nancy
Michael Gabriel ...
Young Tim
Dax Belanger ...
Young Matthew
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Young Del
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While researching her family history for a much needed operation, Julie learns that she is in fact adopted. She then goes on a search to find her real birth parents. Written by Christina Marie <catherineblack@geocities.com>

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21 February 1993 (USA)  »

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De parents inconnus  »

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The positioning of the yearbook class photos of young Jake and young Tim differs from shot to shot. When Julie first flips through the 1965 school yearbook in the library, Tim's photo can be seen in the middle of the second row on the left hand page, and Jake's in the fourth row left of the same page (Tim's picture can also been seen on another page that also displays Del's photo). Later, when Beth goes through the yearbook and flashes back to the night of the dance, Tim's photo is shown in the left hand side of the left row, Jake's on the right-hand page in the middle of the second row. See more »

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Hey Paula
Written by Ray Hildebrand
Copywrite Speckle Music/Lew-Bob Songs (BMI)
Performed by Paul and Paula (as Paul & Paula)
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a stranger is a friend you haven't met
16 December 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Patty Duke is Beth Thompson, beautician and mother of Julie Lawson (Melissa Gilbert) who had given the child away at birth. Seattle raised researcher Julie finds Beth in Cloverton, Canada, after it is discovered she is adopted and needs to know her medical history to treat a brain blood clot. Together they search for the identity of the father.

Duke and Gilbert have an ease and stillness together, with them both wet in the rain when Duke tells of a traumatic incident, and Duke giving Gilbert a shampoo. Gilbert gets to sing Let Me Call You Sweetheart as a lullaby to her own daughter Megan and a `God' with the dizziness that precedes a car crash, but Duke has more acting opportunities - messing up her salon in anger, matching her flashback of the birth reaching out for the baby who is taken away, and writhing on the ground in the forest in an re-enactment.

The teleplay by William Gough and Anna Sandor, based on a true story and the book Jody by Jerry Hulse, features dialogue on the level of `Before that night I hardly ever told a lie. After that night I hardly ever told the truth'. However director Sheldon Larry provides a 5 minute flashback in stop motion super 8 film stock (even if later he goes overboard with the gothic touches), slow motion for Julie's brain clot car crash, William Shatner is good if under-used as Julie's adopted father Earl, and the music score of Peter Manning Robinson uses a mournful vocal theme which is very effective but brief.


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