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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  12 April 2008 (USA)
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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.



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Dr. David Henry
Hugh Thompson ...
Krystal Hope Nausbaum ...
Norah Henry
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
Lita Llewellyn ...
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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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The neon OPEN sign in the window of the store Caroline buys baby supplies is too new, not of the period the movie first starts out in. 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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Lifetime Channel worthy but not much more.....
25 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great book, poorly done movie. Cheesy performances and contrived situations make this movie a sentimental bore-fest. Flat and uninspired work from most of the actors leaves this film in the After School Special category. No doubt there is a lot of talent to be tapped in this cast and crew but something went horribly wrong The very talented Gretchen Mol attempts to pull this film out of the mire but even she can't seem to rise above the silly dialogue. Feels like everyone just phoned it in. Even the makeup (Mulrooney ages 20 years over the course of the film) looks amateurish and crude. Don't waste your time on this clunker.... go read the book.

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