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A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story (2000)

Based on the true headline-generating story of the five-year-old Cuban boy who is the sole survivor of a refugee boat that sunk in a storm on its way to the U.S. Found clinging to a rubber ... See full summary »

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Juan Miguel Gonzalez
Alec Roberts ...
Elian Gonzalez
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Marisleysis Gonzalez (as Laura Elena Harring)
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Rafael
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Donato Dalrymple
Betty Carvalho
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Arianne
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Nivaldo Ferran (as Julio Dolce Vita)
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Based on the true headline-generating story of the five-year-old Cuban boy who is the sole survivor of a refugee boat that sunk in a storm on its way to the U.S. Found clinging to a rubber tube by fishermen off the coast of Miami after being adrift for two days, Elian is rushed to a U.S. hospital and is soon identified as the only son of Juan Gonzalez, a loyal Cuban who was unaware of his ex-wife's risky defection plan. Placed in temporary custody of his great-uncle Lazaro in Miami, who vows never to return Elian to Cuba, this young boy soon becomes the center of an international media and political frenzy. Supported by attorneys and activists, Lazaro fights to seek permanent custody of Elian. But Elian's devoted father, backed by the Cuban nation, demands the return of his beloved son. Written by Harmony Gold

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Behind the headlines. Beyond the politics. The story of a family torn apart.

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What a joke
25 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Working at a newspaper does have its advantages. One day, I found a tape for this movie on the "free stuff" counter. I regretted the moment I was intrigued. Overwrought with horrific dialogue and poor pacing, this telefilm didn't bring anything new to the table. It was all crap we had heard about, and the details were somewhat shoddy at best. In typical Fox fashion, they rushed too quickly in the processing of this film. Maybe a few rewrites, and maybe a little more gumption would have made this film better. But all has been said and done.


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