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Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1995 (USA)
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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Judge Silbowitz
Donovon Ian H. McKnight ...
Amir
Rikkia A. Smith ...
Josie
Paulette McDaniels ...
Ethel
Velma Austin ...
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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)

Gross USA:

$7,603,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$900,000
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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 could not have known that Isaiah "liked to play with blocks", since she had not had him with her while he was growing up from infancy, and he'd always just sullenly moped around whenever he was at her apartment and never wanted to play or interact with the other children at day-care, so Khaila would never have seen Isaiah when he was truly just "at play" and thus learned what toys were his favorites. See more »

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Rehab Leader: [as Khaila suddenly bursts into tears] Khaila, what is it? What's wrong?
Khaila Richards: I killed him.
Rehab Leader: What?
Khaila Richards: My baby. I killed my baby. I threw him in the trash can.
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An Emotionally Evocative Film Experience Despite the Cop Out Ending....
20 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

LOSING ISAIAH is a moving and well-acted drama that takes a hot-button issue to an emotionally manipulative level but will involve you to the point of taking sides. Halle Berry plays a crack addict who, one night desperate to get high, leaves her newborn baby in a pile of garbage and when she returns after her mission, finds the baby gone. The baby is rescued and is eventually taken home and raised by a sensitive social worker (Jessica Lange) who decides to raise and adopt the hyper-active, crack-addicted baby as her own. In the meantime, Berry gets clean, wants her baby back and takes Lange to court to regain custody of her son. This is an involving story that provides a balanced account of an emotional issue and if you're really paying attention, you will find your alliance with the protagonists in this story switching from time to time. Lange is solid, as always, and Halle Berry works hard at being convincing as a reformed junkie. Strong support is provided by Samuel L. Jackson and LaWanda Richardson (the real-life spouse of Jackson)as Lange and Berry's attorneys, David Straithern as Lang'es husband, and Daisy Prince as Lange's daughter. No matter how hard you try to remain neutral, this film will suck you in and find you taking sides.


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