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Writer (WGA):
Linda Voorhees (written by)
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Release Date:
22 September 1996 (USA) See more »
She's fallen in love with another woman. Does that give her mother the right to take her child away?
Based on the true custody battle in Richmond, Virginia, a grandmother sues her lesbian daughter for... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Valerie Bertinelli ... Jody Ann Shaffell

Vanessa Redgrave ... Nancy Shaffell
Colleen Flynn ... Maggie Fergus

James Gammon ... Chalmer
Michael Marich ... Robert Lee

Kim Dickens ... Nancy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brett Brock ... Keith Kinchloe
Cynthia Dorn ... Nurse Smoot
Tony Frank ... Ben Delaney
Barbara George-Reiss ... Beth
Sheila Gordon ... Process Server
Alexandria Hunter ... Lily Delaney (as Alex Hunter)
Bill Kaiser ... County Clerk
Barbara Lasater ... Pat Kinchloe
Dennis Letts ... Judge Crawford
Marietta Marich ... Melba

Brian McGuire ... Dwayne
Randy Means ... Harlan
Toby Metcalf ... Officer Hamm
Jill Parker-Jones ... Reporter #1

Marco Perella ... Reporter #2
Lou Perryman ... Assistant Manager

Steven Chester Prince ... Rusty (as Steve Prince)
Larry Randolph ... Judge Rayburn
Adam Rehmann ... Zachary

Steve Shearer ... Frank Martin
Cliff Stephens ... Judge Paxton

Joe Stevens ... Eddie
Ramsey Williams ... Vada

Kenneth Wayne Bradley ... Wes (uncredited)
David Ponton ... Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Werner 
Writing credits
Linda Voorhees (written by)

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
Tom Kageff .... associate producer
Timothy Marx .... producer
Randy Robinson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Rodgers Melnick 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson 
Casting by
Molly Lopata 
Production Design by
Barbara Haberecht 
Art Direction by
Craig Byrom 
Set Decoration by
Jenny C. Patrick 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Nina Proctor (co-costume designer)
Makeup Department
Gigi Coker .... key makeup artist (as Gi Gi Coker)
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Susan Abrams .... post-production supervisor
Holly Gent Palmo .... production supervisor
Timothy Marx .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... second assistant director (as Vincent N. Palmo Jr.)
Art Department
John V. Burson .... construction coordinator (as John Burson)
Michael Leonard .... lead man
Byron Scott Thomas .... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Randy Huke .... buyer (uncredited)
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Fluhr)
Jennifer Murphy .... location sound mixer
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... sound re-recording mixer
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Allen Smith)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon H. Lewis .... gaffer (as Jon Lewis)
Jimmy Lindsey .... first assistant camera (as Jimmy W. Lindsey)
Anthony Martin .... second assistant camera
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip
Casting Department
Barbara Brinkley .... casting: Texas
Toni Cobb Brock .... casting associate: Texas (as Toni Cobb)
Dara A. Gray .... extras casting (as Dara Gray)
Editorial Department
Tony Kadell .... associate editor
Location Management
Eric A. Williams .... location manager
Music Department
Ed Kalnins .... musician: synthesizers
Transportation Department
Ronald D. Chambers .... transportation captain
Cecil D. Evans .... transportation coordinator
Bobby Sconci .... driver
Other crew
Patricia A. Fullerton .... script supervisor
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production coordinator
Jonathan Hennessey .... production assistant
Marlene O. Nichols .... production assistant
Kerri Smeltzer .... production assistant
Harry Thompson .... dialect coach
Brad Uecker .... production accountant
Martha Waters .... production assistant
Shanti Delsarte .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Judy Geletko .... post-production accountant (uncredited)

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Maggie Fergus:If you have any change leftover, could you get me a cherry slushy?
Jody Ann Schaffel:You know, you really should have something healthy, something green!
Maggie Fergus:OK then, make it a lime slushy.
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A film that literally leaves you stunned, 1 July 2006
Author: Mel J from Dundee, Scotland

When I first saw this film, I was sure it had to be fictional because I found it incredible to believe in a country supposedly as advanced and civilised as the US that such a court could actually sanction separating a loving mother from her own child.

The film revolves around Jody Ann Shaffell, a decent, law-abiding woman who just happens to be a lesbian. But when her little son Zachary is born, her bigoted, vile-excuse-for-a-mother Nancy Shaffell takes her to court to sue for full custody of the child, citing that a lesbian household is not a suitable environment to raise children in. Valerie Bertinelli does a good job as Jody Ann, portraying her determination and unyielding love for her son while Vanessa Redgrave is just perfect in her role as Nancy, depicting the character's vindictiveness, prejudices and moral blindness.

This is a film not just about Jody Ann's plight as a mother who has lost her infant child for no justifiable reason but also one that questions just what goes through the minds of the judges who serve in US courts that their own personal beliefs are allowed to cloud their rulings, decisions that have an impact on people for many years to come. This is not a film for those with high blood pressure because it just leaves your blood boiling when Jody Ann and her son are continually failed by both the courts and the selfish Nancy. One can only hope that when Zachary is old enough, he realises what a hateful grandmother he has that she kept him away from his devoted mother and he goes on to sue the judge who made such a disgusting, bigoted ruling in the custody battle.

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