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Writers (WGA):
Valerie Estess (story) &
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Release Date:
21 October 2001 (USA) See more »
One moment changed her life. This movie will change yours.
The triumphant true story of three sisters who unite in the face of adversity when one of them is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Laura San Giacomo ... Jenifer Estess

Jane Kaczmarek ... Valerie Estess

Annabella Sciorra ... Meredith Estess

Jane Alexander ... Marilyn Estess

Maddie Corman ... Julianne Hoffenberg

Edie Falco ... Wheelchair Saleswoman

Donna Hanover ... Herself

Camryn Manheim ... Nurse Vandemal

Julianna Margulies ... Jenifer's Psychiatrist

Rob Morrow ... Dr. Richard Feldman

Reed Rudy ... Scotty

Cedric Smith ... Dr. Richards

Vincent Spano ... Jack

Fisher Stevens ... Dr. Aaron Sanders

Marisa Tomei ... Nina Capelli

Bradley White ... Michael

Scott Wolf ... Jenifer's Date

Colin Ferguson ... Peter

Karen Robinson ... Lorna

Jason Blicker ... Neurologist
Robert Bockstael ... Researcher
Sarah Bolstridge ... Jenifer (Age 12)
Christopher Bondy ... Jenifer's Father (as Chris Bondy)

Johnie Chase ... Bus Driver
David Eisner ... Impatient Passenger
Alex Gaistman ... Jane (Age 3) (as Alexandrea Gaistman)
Imogen Haworth ... Valerie (Age 14)

Daniel Magder ... Jake (Age 6)
Mallory Margel ... Meredith (Age 11)

Jim McAleese ... Fire Marshal
Dean McKenzie ... Waiter (as Dean Monroe McKenzie)

Nadia-Leigh Nascimento ... Amy (as Nadia Nascimento)
Dave Nichols ... Doctor #2
Willis Robbins ... Willis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Sharman ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jace Alexander 
Writing credits
Valerie Estess (story) &
Geoffrey Nauffts (story)

David Marshall Grant (teleplay) &
Geoffrey Nauffts (teleplay) and
Patricia Resnick (teleplay)

Produced by
Jenifer Estess .... co-executive producer
Brenda Friend .... executive producer
Ed Gernon .... executive producer
Diana Kerew .... supervising producer
Sue Leibman .... co-executive producer
Michael J. Maschio .... producer
Peter Sussman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rick Marotta 
Cinematography by
David Herrington (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dean Balser 
Production Design by
Lucinda Zak 
Art Direction by
Peter Grundy 
Set Decoration by
Zeljka Alosinac 
Costume Design by
Barbara Somerville 
Makeup Department
Gail 'Freddie' Godden .... key hair stylist (as G.E. 'Freddie' Gooden)
Kathleen Graham .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sarah James .... production manager
Peter McCubbin .... post-production supervisor
Ramona Ng .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rick Kush .... second assistant director
Ron Oxley .... first assistant director
Jennifer Haufler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Steven Elliston .... construction coordinator (as Steve Elliston)
Victoria Hamilton .... key scenic artist
Mark Harman .... property master
Rebecca Steele .... first assistant art director
Joanna Tracey Heaton .... props daily (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steph Carrier .... re-recording mixer (as Stephan Carrier)
Michele Cook .... dialogue editor (as Michele Cooke)
Allan Fung .... adr editor
Richard Harkness .... sound effects editor (as Rich Harkness)
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Tom Mather .... sound recordist
Dino Pigat .... re-recording mixer
Robert Woolfson .... sound recordist
Sean Paul Armstrong .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Peter Denomme .... producer: visual effects, Calibre Digital Pictures (uncredited)
Shelley Cook .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Breeze .... gaffer (as Dave Breeze)
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Michael Hall .... camera operator
Jim Holmes .... grip
Brad Hruboska .... steadicam operator
Tim Lovell .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Marcus Paletta .... grip (uncredited)
Noah Weinzweig .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mary Jo Slater .... casting: USA
Clare Walker .... casting: Canada
John Villacorta .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor
Steve Corcoran .... assistant editor
Jennifer Macleod .... post-production coordinator (as Jennifer MacLeod)
Joanne Rourke .... colorist
Location Management
Coralie Brady .... location manager (as Coralie Nott)
John Rakich .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Ron Proulx .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Ron Hilts .... transportation coordinator
Dana Howes .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Meredith Estess .... consultant: Project ALS
Valerie Estess .... consultant: Project ALS
Julianne Hoffenberg .... consultant: Project ALS
Shannon O'Connor .... production coordinator
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Thana Spillios .... script supervisor
Kitty Spiropoulos .... production accountant
Lucio Amadio .... assistant to cast (uncredited)
Anthony Carovillano .... key craft service (uncredited)
Dan Gosse .... security officer (uncredited)
Pharaba Hacker-Witt .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Excellent..., 5 November 2001
Author: Niv-1 from Valley Stream, New York

"Jenifer" contains one of the best performances of 2001. Laura San Giacomo is astounding as the ALS stricken Jenifer Estes. ALS is a disorder where the brains ability to control the muscles is destroyed. ALS is a lot like Multiple Sclerosis. San Giacomo's performance can easily be compared to Emily Watson's in "Hilary and Jackie." Both performances were technically impressive and moving.

It looks like the best performances given by women in 2001 will have been on Television. With Judy Davis playing Judy Garland and Emma Thompson in Wit, and now San Giacomo's work in Jenifer, an amazing year. One of San Giacomo's best scenes is when after the symptoms start. Jenifer tries to walk up five flights of stairs and is completely drenched in sweat when she gets to the top.

Giving solid supporting performances are, Annabella Sciorra and Jane Kaczmarek as Jenifer's crusading sisters. Jane Alexander and Camryn Manhein are also very good.

"Jenifer" is one of the best movies of 2001.

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