Like Dandelion Dust (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  24 September 2010 (USA)
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A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porters, and the privileged Campbell family. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Porter
Jack Campbell
Molly Campbell
Allyson Bower
Beth Norton
Bill Norton
Judge Evams
Cop 1
Timothy Twisdale ...
Cop 2
Tom Alonzo
Blake Michael Bryan ...
Jonah Norton
Brooke Bryan ...
Cammie Norton
Court Appointed Attorney


A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porters, and the privileged Campbell family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film bravely exposes the humanity in each character reminding us that we each have the potential to be the best and worst versions of ourselves at any time. Written by Karen Kingsbury

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Sometimes the greatest love is letting go.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including domestic violence and alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$77,960 (USA) (24 September 2010)


$352,810 (USA) (29 October 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene where Berry Pepper's character, Rip, is bitten by his dog was not part of the script until the dog decided to improvise it. Berry Pepper was actually bitten by his fellow actor, the dog. See more »


After Rip Porter comes home early from work and Wendy waits for him to come out of the kitchen, she leans with her back into the sofa while the camera is on her right side. When the camera switches to her left side, she is suddenly leaning forward. See more »


Wendy Porter: There is one thing that - -- that you could do for me. I would like Joey to know that he has two mothers: one that loved him so much that she couldn't let him go, and one that loved him so much that she had to.
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What I Wouln't Give
Written by Bill Hall, Dave Younger, Hank Grant
Performed by Hank Grant
Produced by Mark Dreyer
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Gritty but very moving drama
16 September 2012 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

A relatively low budget but extremely good drama. This could have turned into a standard melodrama but is elevated far beyond this by an intelligent and believable script.

The real stars though are the actors who are all terrific. Barry Pepper has always been a favourite of mine and he excels himself in this role but there are no weak links in this film. A special mention must go to the actor playing the little boy, Maxwell Perry Cotton who is utterly convincing as the frightened and confused little boy. It was one of the best performances from a young actor I have ever seen.

The film does flag a little towards the end but finishes on an emotional high. I rarely watch films twice in a short period of time but I did with this one and enjoyed it just as much second time round. Recommended.

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