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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.

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Charles Lewin
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Eddie Hughes
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Hannah Lewin
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Isaiah
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Kadar Lewis
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Marie
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Gussie
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Caroline Jones (as LaTanya Richardson)
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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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Les chemins de l'amour  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,603,766 (USA)
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Jessica Lange said in an interview "I let myself get talked into 'Losing Isaiah' because I hadn't worked for awhile. I knew it wasn't right, the script wasn't right, there was no ending. It just didn't feel right, and it never got right. It was a really difficult and painful experience." See more »

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Khaila Richards: What is it you don't want him to know, huh? That his mother is as black as he is?
Margaret Lewin: [sneering] "Black!" All you people think about is color!
Khaila Richards: You people? You *people*? Well, you better look around, cause me and Isaiah, we the same kind of people. Or didn't you notice?
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Shocking, intensive, impresive and beautiful
10 August 2003 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

A family drama where two caregivers fight for the little babyboy : Caucassian loving family who adopted him and African-American biological mother who lost the boy when she was addicted on crack. Biological mother, Khaila, is leaving the pen and as resocialized woman, she's trying to get back her child.

Truly, an impressive story. Each of the main movie characters present emotions and attitudes from their very own angle. The fight for the baby includes court trials which are emotionally very exhausting for the both sides. This part of the movie talks pretty much about racial stereoptypes, hate flame, prejudices, disrespect, and about a fact, that what we name 'correctness' may sometimes mean 'right' and sometimes 'wrong' thing. I think this part was little bit overexaggarated but it 'helped' to bring more drama to the movie.

It was a very strong movie, describing love of people to others, and through all the political/race related issues, it's a beautiful story.


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