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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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Janine Nielssen
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Sandy Cataldi
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Frank Cataldi
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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 »

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As Long As You Love (Scarlet Wings)
Written and Performed by Cindy Bullens
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this touched me
28 January 2001 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know what words there are to say about this movie that can begin to describe how I felt while watching it. From the brilliant script to the acting done by Brooke Shields, her partner, the adorable little girl, and everyone else, I was moved in a way that no other movie I have seen has affected me. I still cannot stop crying and it ended fifteen minutes ago... everyone, especially those who are cynical of domestic partnerships and their competence as parents, should see this movie. I was so happy to hear that it was based on a true story- how wonderful!! I only wish that I could contact the real Janine, and praise and thank her for being such a role model and pioneer in a controversial area that so desperately needs widespread recognition. Kudos to Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Cis Corman, Brooke Shields, and everyone involved in the production of this movie for their courage and integrity.


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