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Woman Wanted (1999)

A new woman comes between a widower and his adult son.

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Cast

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Emma Riley
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Richard Goddard
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Monica
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Gracie
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Peg
Sean McCann ...
Kevin
Jackie Richardson ...
Lydia
Jordan Zalis ...
Raymond (at 13)
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Michael
Jonathan Barrett ...
Daniel
Joanna McClelland Glass ...
Ariadne (as Joanna Glass)
Elaine Pigden ...
Marion
Rhiannon Benedict ...
Betsy (as Valerie Wynne)
Mauralea Austin ...
Maggie
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Story of a woman (Hunter) who comes to work as a housekeeper for a widower (Moriarty) and his grown son (Sutherland) and of their attachment to her to the point that she is asked by the father to marry... to the dismay of the son who also loves her. But the animosity of the two men toward each other is finally resolved when she becomes intentionally pregnant, possibly by one or the other as she goes to bed with both men within a matter of days, causing neither to win her for himself, but both to become bound together because of the child. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Kiefer Sutherland's mother, Shirley Douglas is in this film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Goddard: [answering the phone] Hello.
Emma Riley: Hello. I'm calling from Boston about your ad in The Globe.
Richard Goddard: Oh, yes.
Emma Riley: It says woman wanted, live in. Why are you advertising in Boston when you live in New Haven?
Richard Goddard: Actually I grew up with an Irish nanny. She was kind and generous and pleasant to be with.
Emma Riley: Are you married?
Richard Goddard: I'm widowed. I have a son in his twenties who's uh... he's going through some difficulties. He lives at home, and we need someone to help put our house in order.
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Everything I Have Is Yours
Written by Burton Lane and Harold Adamson
Performed by Billy Eckstine
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing
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A superb performance from Hunter highlights this gem of amovie
29 August 1999 | by (Derbyshire, England) – See all my reviews

It is a complete mystery why this gem of a movie has apparently failed to find a theatrical release and been shown first on cable TV. " Woman Wanted " has a strong cast and demonstrates again that Holly Hunter is one of the most gifted actresses around today. Coming on top of her wonderful performance in " Living Out Loud " and a great turn on stage in the off-broadway play " Impossible Marriage " it is a delight in this movie to see her combining wistful emotion with a fierce self-confidence that really makes you care what happens to the enigmatic character of Emma Riley. Emma is the " Woman Wanted " hired as a housekeeper by the Goddard father and son strongly played by Michael Moriarty and Kiefer Sutherland (who also directs the movie) and the way Hunter plays the role evokes memories of characters from earlier movies such as Miss Firecracker, Always and Once Around. She somehow manages to look a dead ringer for Carnelle in Miss Firecracker, even though that movie is over 10 years old, and totally different from the Judith the 40 something New Yorker in Living Out Loud. Perhaps this is the true meaure of a great actor.

" Woman Wanted " comes over a shade or two darker than the excellent book by Joanna McClelland Glass (who also wrote the screenplay) which is a shame as the movie could have done with some of the book's lighter moments to offset a sombre mood . But take nothing away from the main performers who have a good chemistry - especially Sutherland and Hunter - and the line from Sutherland about the emergency room being a good substitute for family is a classic.

Above all, though, I shall remember " Woman Wanted " for the emotional power of Hunter's performance as Emma Riley and to borrow Spielberg's words she is a true " architect of character. "


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