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Stepmom -- An unlikely friendship develops when a mother of two is forced to teach another woman to raise her kids. Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon star.
Stepmom -- A terminally-ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her ex-husband's life, who will be their new stepmother.


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Writers (WGA):
Gigi Levangie (story)
Gigi Levangie (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1998 (USA) See more »
Be there for the joy. Be there for the tears. Be there for each other.
A terminally ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her former husband's life who will be their stepmother. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julia Roberts ... Isabel Kelly

Susan Sarandon ... Jackie Harrison

Ed Harris ... Luke Harrison

Jena Malone ... Anna Harrison

Liam Aiken ... Ben Harrison

Lynn Whitfield ... Dr. P. Sweikert

Darrell Larson ... Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Franklin

Andre B. Blake ... Cooper (as Andre Blake)

Herbert Russell ... Photo Assistant (as Russel Harper)
Jack Eagle ... Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra ... Photo Shoot Model
Lauma Zemzare ... Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenck ... Photo Shoot Model
Michelle Stone ... Photo Shoot Model
Annett Esser ... Photo Shoot Model
Monique Rodrique ... Photo Shoot Model

Sal Mistretta ... Ad Executive
Rex Hays ... Ad Executive

Alice Liu ... Ad Executive

Chuck Montgomery ... Ad Executive

Mak Gilchrist ... Rapunzel
Dylan Michaels ... Prince

David Zayas ... Policeman

José Ramón Rosario ... Policeman
Lee Shepherd ... Desk Sergeant
George Masters ... Maitre D'

Anthony Grasso ... Waiter
Robert F. Alvarado ... Soccer Coach
Sebastian Rand ... Tucker

Michelle Hurst ... Nurse
Jason Maves ... Brad Kovitsky

Julie Lancaster ... Flight Attendant
Charlie Christman ... Stone Fox
Amina Asep ... Anna's Friend

Naama Kates ... Anna's Friend (as Naama Katz)
Jennifer Best ... Anna's Friend

Robin Fusco ... Anna's Friend
Jessica M. Osias ... Anna's Friend
Electra Telesford ... Anna's Friend
Michelle L. Brady ... Anna's Friend
Zachary M. Hasak ... Brad's Friend
Jordan Gochros ... Brad's Friend
Rob London ... Brad's Friend
James Ostrofsky ... Brad's Friend
Chad Lavinio ... Brad's Friend
John Sadowski ... Ben's Friend
Matthew Doudounis ... Ben's friend
Andrea Dolloff ... Cocktail Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eleanor Columbus ... Girl in School Play (uncredited)
Mary DeBellis ... Hostess (uncredited)

Nick Stellate ... School Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Columbus 
Writing credits
Gigi Levangie (story)

Gigi Levangie (screenplay) and
Jessie Nelson (screenplay) &
Steven Rogers (screenplay) &
Karen Leigh Hopkins (screenplay) and
Ronald Bass (screenplay) (as Ron Bass)

Produced by
Michael Barnathan .... producer
Ronald Bass .... executive producer (as Ron Bass)
Chris Columbus .... producer
Paula DuPré Pesmen .... associate producer
Wendy Finerman .... producer
Margaret French-Isaac .... executive producer
Patrick McCormick .... executive producer
Pliny Porter .... executive producer
Mark Radcliffe .... producer
Julia Roberts .... executive producer
Susan Sarandon .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography) (as Donald M. McAlpine)
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Ray Kluga  (as Raymond Kluga)
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Ms. Sarandon (as Marilyn Carbone)
Michal Bigger .... key makeup artist
Richard Dean .... makeup artist: Ms. Roberts
Patricia Grande .... key hair stylist
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist: Ms. Sarandon
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Ms. Roberts
Linda Grimes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Scott Hersh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lenny Vullo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth G. Brown .... second second assistant director
Stephen Lee Davis .... second assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen .... first assistant director (as Geoff Hansen)
Samantha Lavin .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Kevin Brink .... lead man
June DeCamp .... scenic foreman
Gerald DeTitta .... lead man (as Jerry DeTitta)
Ann Edgeworth .... assistant property master (as Ann L. Edgeworth)
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Jon Ringbom .... charge scenic (as John Ringbom)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chuck Potter .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Diane Rich .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Grant Shaffer .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Clarissa Shanahan .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Fredda Slavin .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Robert L. Thompson .... construction general foreman (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Sara Bolder .... dialogue editor
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor (as Karen A. Brocco)
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer (as Tod Maitland)
Jonathan Null .... assistant sound editor
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator
Marcie Romano .... assistant sound editor
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Susan Sanford .... sound effects editor
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound effects editor
Michael Scott .... boom operator (as Michael H. Scott)
Robert Shoup .... supervising sound editor
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist (as Dennis Thorpe)
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Hugh Waddell .... adr editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialogue editor
Jerome R. Vitucci .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects
Todd Wolfeil .... special effects (as Todd R. Wolfeil)
Richard Bryan Douglas .... effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Theresa Ellis Rygiel .... visual effects supervisor: Rhythm & Hues (as Theresa Ellis)
Theodore Bialek .... lighting technical director (uncredited)
Dawn Bowery .... Inferno artist (uncredited)
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Steven M. Hirohama .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Betsy Paterson .... 2D supervisor: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Laura Dash .... stunts
Emily Williams Drechsel .... stunts
E.J. Evans .... stunts
Brian E. Feigus .... stunts
Austin Harper Gates .... stunts
Nicole Katzenback .... stunts
Ingrid Low .... stunts
Phil Nelson .... stunt coordinator
Gene Harrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Kristopher Medina .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Smyj .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Burke .... best boy grip (as Kenneth Burke)
Michael F. Burke .... best boy electric (as Michael Burke)
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip
Ken Connors .... rigging gaffer (as Kenneth R. Conners)
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician (as Russell W. Engels)
Alec Hirschfeld .... camera operator: "b" camera
Nils Johnson .... video playback operator
Lee Kazista .... camera loader
Peter Masterson .... second assistant camera (as Peter C. Masterson)
Steve Mathis .... chief lighting technician
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera
Harold J. McClean .... rigging best boy electrician
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator (as Anastas Michos)
Francis Panuccio .... rigging best boy grip
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas R. Prate)
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Eugene C. DePasquale .... company grip (uncredited)
James Edmiston .... company grip (uncredited)
Kevin Flynn .... company grip (uncredited)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
William D. Moran .... company grip (uncredited)
Katherine Ruppe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marcia DeBonis .... casting associate (as Marcia De Bonis)
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Vivian Hasbrouk .... casting assistant (as Vivian Lynn Hasbrouk)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe supervisor
Kendall Errair .... wardrobe supervisor
James Hammer .... assistant costume designer (as James P. Hammer)
Fran Vega-Buck .... costumer: Ms. Roberts (as Frances Vega-Buck)
Editorial Department
Tim Amyx .... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Nicolas De Toth .... first assistant editor
Deirdre Slevin .... apprentice editor
Michael J. Wechsler .... second assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Peter Myles .... assistant music editor
National Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Christopher Parkening .... musician: guitar solos
Katherine Quittner .... music editor
Kenneth Wannberg .... supervising music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Craig Braginsky .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Daniel Gaber .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Carlton Kaller .... music consultant (uncredited)
Marvin R. Morris .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... transportation co-captain
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain
Terry R. Owens .... production driver
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jeanne Austin .... assistant: Mr. Radcliffe
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Noreen R. Cheleden .... set production assistant
Kathleen Corgan .... assistant location manager
Ivana Crvelin .... assistant: Ms. Finerman
Paula de Elejalde .... teacher
Eirik S. Dentz .... set production assistant (as Erik Dentz)
Elizabeth Devereux .... assistant: Mr. Columbus
Rhona Gordon .... teacher
Chandra Joy Hagopian .... assistant production coordinator
Jaime Hanaway .... set production assistant
Joseph E. Iberti .... location manager
Christopher M. Kanuck .... set production assistant
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Danielle Katz .... set production assistant
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Laurent Lavollay-Porter .... set production assistant
Dylan K. Massin .... set production assistant
Carol McAuliff .... animal trainer
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Ryan McCormick .... assistant: Mr. McCormick
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Nancy Seltzer .... public relations
Alan Sickles .... medical technical advisor (as Alan Sickles M.D.)
Matthew Sirianni .... set production assistant
Karen Swallow .... assistant: Mr. Barnathan
Drew Tidwell .... production secretary
Matilde Valera .... production accountant (as Matilde P. Valera)
Suzanne Weinert .... assistant: Ms. Roberts
Valentina Aulisi .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Bohnie Avanzino .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment (uncredited)
Alex Bowen .... adr voice (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Aria Noelle Curzon .... adr artist (uncredited)
Brother Eden Douglas .... stand-in: Andre B. Blake (uncredited)
Kathleen Fellegara .... set medic (uncredited)
Rich Fellegara .... set medic (uncredited)
Dori Greenberg .... second assistant: Wendy Finerman (uncredited)
Theresa Marsh .... first assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Ray McCort .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Len Murach .... location assistant (uncredited)
Olivia Oguma .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Nelson Pereyra .... production assistant (uncredited)
Penni Smith .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Robert T. Striem .... location assistant (uncredited)
Irene Columbus .... in loving memory
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Good Night Moon" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements
124 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon were looking for a project worth working together on. They eventually settled on this script.See more »
Continuity: On Christmas morning when Ben leans forward to hug his mother, the edge of his cape hangs down and points backward to his feet. Jackie's and Ben's shoulders are clearly visible. Change of camera shot. We see Anna walk in and then the camera goes back to Jackie & Ben. Now the cape has been artfully draped over mother and son. All shoulders are hidden.See more »
[first lines]
DJ Scott Zoe:[the morning DJ on the radio] Hey, good morning, New York. Scott Zoe here at 102.7, WNEW-FM, where rock lives. Beautiful autumn day in the city, and a great record coming your way, too.
[the song Under Pressure by David Bowie plays]
Isabel:[Isabel gets up in a rush to go and wake up Ben] Ben? Ben? Ben. Get up, get up, get up. Late, late, late. Ben? Come on, honey. Get up. We're seriously late.
[Isabel lowers down the blanket sheet over Ben's bed and reveals a blown up dinosaur underneath and screams]
Isabel:All right, you may think this is funny but this is so not...
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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
delightful & heart warming ..., 24 May 2001
Author: Anuj from Poona

Stepmom is one of the most delightful movies in recent times ... ! It's a touching tale of maternal love that doesn't fail to move you no matter how many times you see it. It's a gem !

Stepmom tells you the story of an American marriage that loses its spark with time and the man seeks love outside of it. This sensitive film deals with how the family handles the delicate situation --- at times, holding out bravely ... and at other times, buckling under the emotional trauma ! The other woman, very ably portrayed by Julia Roberts, is a genuinely good human being who tries to bond with her lovers' kids inspite of their mother's (and their own) initial bitterness towards her. The plot thickens when the mother of the kids, portrayed with finesse by Susan Sarandon, is found to have cancer. The mother's days in the world are now numbered and the family must learn to carry on without her ... ! Stepmom now paints a warm and endearing picture of how the members of this family reconcile their differences and stand united and strong in the face of this crisis.

It would be UNFAIR if I rated this one anything less than 9 ... !

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