A woman estranged from her husband and family insists on caring for her autistic son alone.

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Sally Goodson
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John Nils
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Bea
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David Goodson (as Michael Goorjian)
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Philip
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Gladys Johnson
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Amanda Blitz ...
Susan - 10-12 Years
Steven Ivany ...
David - 5-9 Years
Caroline Yeager ...
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Renessa Blitz ...
Susan - 8 Years
Bob Zidel ...
Nicole Greenspan ...
Justine
Kazuya Takahashi ...
Waiter
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
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Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since her husband left many years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging 'The System' to keep her son with her, instead of putting him in an institution. Each feels they know what's best for David. But their opinions are not the same. Sally's developing relationship with John Nils is caught in the middle. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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amazing..
26 October 2003 | by (newjersey) – See all my reviews

this is one of the best movies i have EVER seen. not just tv movie. movie period. go to amazon. go to ebay. and buy this movie. its absolutly brilliant. and kirstie alley is indescrible..

kirstie alley plays sally goodson. a lonely,self deprecating woman that has spent her whole life taking..well the last 16 years of her life taking care of her autistic son david. over those years shes let go of things she didnt mean to. her marriage,her life,and even her older daughter all because she wanted to tend to her sons everyday needs. not only because she liked it,but because it made her feel like a whole person. thats something shes never felt before. Her sister played by stockard channing decides that she needs to meet people and get out more so she introduces her to John,played by Sam Waterson. He wants to help her,and love her but shes afraid...shes afraid to love someone and get intimate and she doesnt want anyone to help her take care of david. While this going on a social worker catches up with the fact that david needs to be in a home,or a place to take better care of him that sally is. Theres just so much she can do to help him. Shes trying to prevent this from happening because the last thing she wants is to loose him,she would fall apart..

I cant tell anyone enough about this movie and most importantly about kirstie alley. shes my favorite actress ever and in this movie you really can see what she can do. just coming off of cheers in 1994 when this movie was made she recieved a well deserved emmy. i beg you to see this movie. its amazing.


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