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An Unexpected Family (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama  |  4 December 1996 (USA)
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When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chelsea Russo ...
Ken Pogue ...
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Court Clerk
Detective Barry Fox
Charles Siegel ...
Dr. Fred


When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes to court to fight for custody. Written by Angela Crawford

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief violence | See all certifications »





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4 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az égből pottyant család  »

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Barbara tells Matt and Meghan that she is nervous about them walking to school on thier own. Matt makes a comment on how she made them watch the movie Without a Trace (1983) 10 times. Stockard Channing was one of the stars of the movie. See more »


Megan Whitney: Could Sam be our father?
Matt Whitney: You got a thing about pushing your luck, don't you?
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References Without a Trace (1983) See more »

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Remembered the movie, but not the title..
17 June 2001 | by (Saint Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie several years ago and thought, "That's worth seeing again." I think the characters are warm, and even though the plot is a bit predictable, I enjoyed it. A few weeks ago, I went into the video store to look for a movie to watch, and I remembered this movie, but not the title. Finally I caught part of it on TV and now, I plan to enjoy it again with my wife. So my review is that, though you may not remember the title, you might come away with the feeling that your life has been brightened for just a short while by watching this movie.

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