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Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1995 (USA)
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The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Charles Lewin
Eddie Hughes
Hannah Lewin
Kadar Lewis
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An African-American baby, abandoned by his crack addicted mother is adopted by a white social worker and her husband. Several years later, the baby's mother finds out her son is not dead, as she thought before and goes to court to get him back. Written by Cyndi Kessler <ckessler@hooked.net>

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Who decides what makes a mother?



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Rated R for drug related material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les chemins de l'amour  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


$7,603,766 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In between takes, a make-up girl accidentally scratched Halle Berry's corneas while applying eye drops, resulting in much pain and missed work for Ms. Berry. See more »


Margaret Lewin: Any animal can give birth. That doesn't make it a mother.
Khaila Richards: Are you calling me an animal? If you think you're going to just take my baby from me like some puppy from a pound, you got another thing coming, lady!
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Movie with Heart
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Losing Isaiah is a movie that attempts to deal honestly with the issues of interracial adoption. Its portrayals are most always right on the mark. Halle Berry is almost unrecognizable (of course, her natural beauty gives her away) in the first part of the film. She is compelling as the "gone straight" crack addict that threw her son away. Jessica Lang gives a strong performance as the social worker who dotes on Isaiah to the point that she almost forgets her own daughter. The best part of this movie, however, is the ending, when love for the child pushes all other differences to the side. For all the movies that waste our time, this one helps to make up for it.

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