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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Rena Dictor Le Blanc (based in part on "Reader's Digest" article)
Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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Release Date:
12 January 2004 (USA) See more »
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A story of love
Plot:
A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and 1 half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
An exceptional production See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kristen Bell ... Gracie Thompson

Diane Ladd ... Louela Lawson

Shedrack Anderson III ... Tommy (as Shedrack Anderson)

Anne Heche ... Rowena Lawson

Roberta Maxwell ... Judge

Kristin Fairlie ... Rose Carlton
Brian Akins ... Ryan Walker

David Gibson McLean ... Jonny Blicker (as David McLean)
Jack Armstrong ... Robbie Locascio

Robert Seeliger ... Ray

Sandra Caldwell ... Mrs. Thurston
Diego Matamoros ... Bob Bessey
Jackie Torrens ... Sandy Jacobs
Roger Dunn ... Paul Gottfredson

Cecil Wright ... Mr. Hines

Jeremy Akerman ... Judge Ira Donner
Michael Pellerin ... Public Defender
Shaun Clark ... Police Officer
Mark A. Owen ... Officer #1 (as Mark Owen)
Desiree Adams ... Karina (as Desirée Dawn Adams)
Gordon White ... Ricky

Kyra Harper ... Cat-woman
Wayne Best ... English Teacher
Maria Syrgiannis ... Deena
Jim Codrington ... Stan
Hollis McLaren ... Margaret
Gerry Quigley ... Motel Manager

Guy Germain ... Jock #1
Linda Busby ... Waitress
Mark Graham ... Minister

Andrew Airlie ... Arlo Rasmussen

Stephen Coats ... Principal

Gary Levert ... Interviewing Cop
Christina Collins ... Mrs. Dotson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashley Briggs ... High School Student
Tony Daniels ... Various (voice) (uncredited)

John Paul Tremblay ... Roland (uncredited)
Amanda Twohig ... School Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Werner 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Rena Dictor Le Blanc (based in part on "Reader's Digest" article) (as Rena Dictor LeBlanc)

Joyce Eliason (teleplay)

Produced by
Ted Babcock .... co-producer
Gilles Bélanger .... line producer
Stephanie Germain .... executive producer
Rena Dictor Le Blanc .... co-producer (as Rena Dictor LeBlanc)
Mike Robe .... executive producer
Marcia Rockwood .... co-producer
Peter Sadowski .... co-producer
Robert M. Sertner .... executive producer
Randy Sutter .... producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
Peter Werner .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Marvin 
 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson 
 
Production Design by
Peter Cosco 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Grani  (as Bob Grani)
 
Costume Design by
Jeanie Kimber 
 
Makeup Department
Paulette Cable .... co-key hair stylist
Carolyn Conrad .... assistant hair stylist
Gloria Digdon .... co-key hair stylist
Cathy O'Connell .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Karla Morash .... production manager
Karen Mayeda Vranek .... post-production supervisor (as Karen Mayeda-Vranek)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard O'Brien-Moran .... first assistant director (as Richard O'Brien Moran)
Kevin Thomson .... second assistant director
John Shurko .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Teresita Doucet .... property master
Richard Fraser .... construction coordinator
Tony Owen .... key scenic
Darren Howse .... second assistant art director (uncredited)
Mary Louise McCloskey .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Judy-Ann Obersi .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jason Shurko .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Shawn Snip .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... re-recording recordist
Doug Johnston .... sound mixer
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Webber .... sound supervisor (as Rob Weber)
Burton Weinstein .... sound supervisor (as Burt Weinstein)
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Don Ellis .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gary Coates .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Randy Boliver .... stunt coordinator
Colleen Pace .... stunt actress
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Petrie .... gaffer (as Bob Petrie)
Ross Sangster .... key grip
Forbes MacDonald .... camera operator (uncredited)
Raphael MacKenzie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Michael P. Mason .... daily grip (uncredited)
Eddy McInnis .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Brooke Palmer .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Thibodeau .... best boy (uncredited)
Rob Turner .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Susan Glicksman .... casting: Los Angeles
Sheila Lane .... casting: Halifax
Coral Legault .... casting: Toronto
Alex Wald .... casting: Los Angeles
Clare Walker .... casting: Toronto
Elisha Gruer .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Barrett .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Victoria Rockwell .... costume extras coordinator (uncredited)
Lawrence Willett .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tricia Fass .... assistant editor (as Tricia Holly Fass)
 
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
Tom Villano .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Emmanuel 'Manny' Taylor .... transportation coordinator (as Emmanuel Taylor)
Tom Carew .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Flower .... animal wrangler
Joanne Hagen .... script supervisor
Shauna Hatt .... production coordinator
David Hyslop .... location manager
Sheila Woodley .... production accountant
Heather Macdonald .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Nancy Mouton .... assistant to executive producers Robert M. Sertner and Frank von Zerneck (uncredited )
Mike Snider .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joanne Wells .... coordinator (uncredited)
 

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USA:90 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene at the house where the family meets after the grandmother's funeral, Gracie pulls a cigarette out of Rose's hand as they watch their mother play with their brothers. In the following scene showing the mother playing with the brothers, Rose has the cigarette back in her hand. The scene flashes back to Rose and Gracie, where Rose is now holding Gracie's hand with the hand she was holding the cigarette.See more »
Quotes:
Rowena Lawson:You are going to hell!
Gracie Thompson:I was born in hell!
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
An exceptional production, 7 March 2005
Author: blueboot from United Kingdom

It is probably true that in the U.K. practically no-one will have heard of "Gracie's Choice". However in time, that situation will surely change. A good movie is a good movie, and this one is exceptionally acted, scripted, produced and directed.

It's also pleasant to find that the director Peter Werner (who is new to me) treats his audience with the utmost intelligence, crafting this incredible true story into an unforgettable experience. It's probably impossible for any emotionally well-adjusted person to fail to empathise with the main character's plight. Kristen Bell, who holds the screen beautifully throughout, plays the eldest sibling Gracie in a large dysfunctional family. Responsibility for her half-siblings falls at an early age upon her shoulders. Gracie's mother Rowena (Anne Heche) is self-abusive, a druggie, probably alcoholic, and a neurotic nightmare. Any money that comes into their home needed for the children disappears on Rowena's indulgences, while her children are severely neglected. A succession of men (uncle's) enter and stay with Rowena, some of whom are in turn abusive to her, and also to young Gracie. Rowena moves from one chaotic relationship to the next.

Gracie's world becomes a long unrelenting nightmare, yet she provides the only strand of strength and determination that keep the young family together. Time passes and her awareness of Rowena's life-style and inability to cope with the children leads to irreparable damage and irreconcilable differences between daughter and mother. Having built that platform Peter Werner then leads the film along a new path, where the captivating Gracie gradually attempts to build a new life for them all. Without giving the game away this painful quest eventually comes at a price.

2004 has been a good year for film-goers. This wonderful film deserves to be up there alongside the likes of Million Dollar Baby. But one wonders whether film critics write-off new films without seeing them. In Britain, the influential Radio Times meanly awards this film two stars (out of 5). Impossible - it's doubtful they have ever seen this! For without a shadow of doubt "Gracie's Choice" merits nothing less than 10 out 10. And happily for film buffs, Kristen Bell is destined for a long acting career at the very top.

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