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Our Son, the Matchmaker (1996)

As seen in flashback, this is the story of 43-year-old Julie a beautician who when 15 was forced by her mother to give up her baby for adoption. Her son, now 28, a minister, with his wife ... See full summary »

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Julie Longwell
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Steve Carson
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Winona
Drew Ebersole ...
Scott Adams
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Young Julie Longwell
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Young Steve Carson
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Melanie Miller
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Young Winona
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Iva Mae Longwell
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Kevin Harris
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Judy Adams
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Walter Longwell (as Andrew Stahl)
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Donald Miller
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Claudia Wade
Rick Galloway ...
Jerry
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As seen in flashback, this is the story of 43-year-old Julie a beautician who when 15 was forced by her mother to give up her baby for adoption. Her son, now 28, a minister, with his wife expecting, begins to search for his biological mother to find out his family medical history. She hears of his search and reunites. Written by Dennis Reed <exprez@backpackers.com>

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Gli uomini della mia vita  »

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Tear-jerker trying hard not to be a weepy
12 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

However, the ladies of all ages will lap it up, no doubt; at least the opposite sex understand what it is to be a mother, and most of us men try to fathom out what it is to be a father. Whether changing nappies is not at all my favourite occupation and trying to get those bottled baby-foodstuffs into errant toothless mouths must rank very high on household duties preferably left to its mother, has absolutely nothing to do with the matter.

Some good interpretations here, and a good story idea; the handling of the matter, limited to rather scanty TV-production concepts, gives the film a rather over-mellowy taste with not much new to offer. An insipid way of delivering the goods, and in the end the outcome is so forseeable during the last 20 minutes or so, even my wife dozed off, and I was jumping up to the computer to get the on-line scoring in the Barcelona-Deportivo match, hoping the away team would do something rather good. They did. This film did not.

Better by far is Mike Leigh's magnificent "Secrets and Lies" (qv) which touches on the same subject matter, but with Brenda Blethyn playing a far superior part.


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