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My Last Love (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Romance | Drama  -  25 January 1999 (USA)
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My Last Love is a TV movie about a single mother who had been diagnosed with cancer. Her treatments aren't helping, so she decides to move with her daughter Carson, from Chicago to her home... See full summary »

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Michael Blake
Philip Briggs ...
Clown #1
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Kate
Nicole Fellows ...
Janie
Edith Fields ...
Poetess
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Nurse Janet
Jimmy Graham ...
Clown #3
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Zachary (as Merrill Holtzman)
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Phil Morton
Heide Karp ...
Clown #2
Janet MacLachlan ...
Dr. Francis
Sharon Madden ...
Restaurant Woman
Sid Newman ...
Mr. Gold
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Phillipa
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Carson Morton (as Jamie Renee Smith)
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My Last Love is a TV movie about a single mother who had been diagnosed with cancer. Her treatments aren't helping, so she decides to move with her daughter Carson, from Chicago to her home on the west coast. While there, she meets a busboy named Michael and they fall in love. In the meantime, she has several struggles dealing with Carson's reaction to her illness, her mother's over-protectiveness, and the matter of who will care for her daughter when she dies. Written by Susie-16

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cancer | death

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Romance | Drama

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Michael Blake: Can we not fight, because we haven't fought yet and I don't want it to be over something little like you've got cancer and I walked out on you
[Susan starts laughing]
Michael Blake: Thank God you found that funny 'cuase that could have gone either way!
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Who in the world expected it to be this good?
8 February 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

My roommate and I were bored, and it was on. That is the sum total of why we watched. And okay, Scott Bairstow played a factor. But we really didn't expect much. And we were absolutely floored.

The story is of Susan, a woman in her late thirties/early forties suffering from cancer who moves with her daughter from Chicago to California because she wants to be close to home and her parents when she dies. She doesn't want her parents, loving but controlling people, raising her 11-year-old, Carson, but has no one else. In California, she meets Michael, a 26-year-old busboy with no goals who she takes to be a fluffy airhead. Much to her surprise, he turns out to be intelligent and, as she puts it, "has depth." After learning of her condition, Michael tries to run from the mother and daughter, but moves on to become an integral part of their lives, providing both with true love as Susan prepares to die.

These were honest-to-goodness three-dimensional characters, who grew and learned over the course of the movie. The emphasis was on people surviving difficult situations and growing beyond themselves. The one plot point that could have spiraled into maudlin triteness was the obligatory custody battle, but instead was turned into a chance for all concerned to grow as characters, and was handled more tastefully than any such situation handled on film in years.

I will say it again--I was floored by the honesty and truth in this made-for-TV movie.

Nancy Travis, Scott Bairstow and the girl that played the daughter give stunning performances. All are complex and multi-faceted and will truly surprise you.

Watch this movie. What could have been a sappy movie-of-the-week instead stands as a true work of film.


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