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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 12 April 2008
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A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Based on the novel by Kim Edwards.



(teleplay), (novel)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Gil
Emma Colbert ...
Phoebe 6 years
Paul 13 years
Paul 18-22 years
Owen Pattison ...
Paul 6 years
Gay Hauser ...
Department Store Clerk
Bruce Murphy ...
Checkout Clerk
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On a snowy winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry rushes his pregnant wife Norah to the hospital, where, with help from her husband and nurse Caroline Gill, she delivers their son Paul. However, Dr. Henry discovers that his wife was carrying twins, and helps her deliver the second child, a baby girl named Phoebe. Shortly after Phoebe's birth, he finds that she has Down Syndrome, and hands her over to Nurse Caroline, explaining that the death of his ill sister nearly destroyed their mother and he doesn't want Norah to go through that. Instead, he instructs Caroline to take Phoebe to a nearby institution for the mentally ill, figuring the child won't live much longer, and tells Norah that Phoebe was a stillborn. However, after visiting the institution and seeing the state of the other patients, Caroline takes the baby home with her, stopping along the way to buy formula and diapers. With help from a truck driver named Al, Caroline begins to raise the baby as her own, while Dr. Henry ... Written by scorpionqueenofhearts

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El guardián de la memoria  »

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When David and Phoebe get off the bus, a sign for Dalhousie University is clearly visible in the background. The scene supposedly takes place in Pittsburgh, PA, USA but Dalhousie is in Halifax, NS, Canada. See more »


Nora Henry: [burning the pictures from the darkroom and referring to David] Bastard! That bastard!
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Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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12 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Based on a fairly bland "best seller," this film - like most other Lifetime movies - played out more like a reenactment than an actual movie. The only difference here was that Meredith Baxter wasn't in it. The women in this don't age even over a span of like 20 years and the acting in general is pretty bad.

The characters in this were all cliché and one-dimensional. The story was of the cheesy nature. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's the kind of thing that people who loved the book and people who watch that network all the time will think is great. I only watched it because my girlfriend wanted to see it so she wouldn't have to read the book her sister loaned to her. It wasn't made for someone like me - my girlfriend cried a little at the end though, so she didn't think it was as terrible as I did.

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