What Makes a Family (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  22 January 2001 (USA)
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A lesbian, artificially inseminated, gives birth, then dies, and her companion must fight to regain custody of the child from the dead woman's grandparents.


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Credited cast:
Janine Nielssen
Sandy Cataldi
Evelyn Cataldi
Al Waxman ...
Frank Cataldi
Terry Harrison
Jordy Benattar ...
Heather Cataldi
Sean McCann ...
Judge Black
Philip Williams ...
Martin Crane
Judge Shales
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Reverend Greg Wasney


Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her lesbian partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting struggle ensues. Written by <tom@fave.co.uk>

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Because she loved a woman, she may lose the right to keep her child.




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At the time of Sandy's death, it is obviously Christmastime (Heather asking about decorating the tree/Christmas music playing in scene just before Sandy's seizure; Christmas decorations present after Sandy's death during dinner scene with Janine, Peter and his partner discussing Janine's rights with Heather.) When Janine reads Sandy's obituary, a brief shot of the clipping states Sandy's death date as Friday, June 29, 2000 (which was actually a Thursday.) See more »


As Long As You Love (Scarlet Wings)
Written and Performed by Cindy Bullens
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Fantastic movie, well done and in good taste.
12 May 2001 | by (Wilmington, NC) – See all my reviews

This was a wonderful movie and Brooke Shields has done a fantastic job. It even brought tears to my husbands eyes as well. The little girl in the movie was beautiful and already an excellent actress. I wonder if anyone can help me. The song, I think it was called, "As long as you love me", does anyone know who sang it? I would love to have a copy of it.

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