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Like Dandelion Dust -- The Campbell family's idyllic life on the coast of Florida is upset by a disturbing phone call: a stranger's decision could tear Joey Campbell away from the only home he's ever known. One family is determined to keep the son they love, the other is determined to begin a new life, the life they've always dreamed of. Joey's future rests in their hands and someone must make the bravest decision of their life.
Like Dandelion Dust -- Clip: I Gave Away Our Boy


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Writers (WGA):
Stephen J. Rivele (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
24 September 2010 (USA) See more »
Sometimes the greatest love is letting go.
A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mira Sorvino ... Wendy Porter

Barry Pepper ... Rip Porter

Cole Hauser ... Jack Campbell

Kate Levering ... Molly Campbell

Maxwell Perry Cotton ... Joey Campbell

L. Scott Caldwell ... Allyson Bower

Abby Brammell ... Beth Norton

Kirk B.R. Woller ... Bill Norton

Brett Rice ... Judge Evams

Chad Gundersen ... Cop 1
Timothy Twisdale ... Cop 2

Neil Ronco ... Tom Alonzo
Blake Michael Bryan ... Jonah Norton
Brooke Bryan ... Cammie Norton

Gregory Albrecht ... Court Appointed Attorney

Tim Powell ... Steve Bergen

Rus Blackwell ... Congressman Curtis Golding
Jean Sony Bog Saint-Vilas ... Jasper
Samuel Louis-Jean ... Haitian Guard
Max Henry Compere ... Haitian Guard

Brian F. Durkin ... Bar Patron (as Brian Durkin)

Rob Elwood ... Bar Patron (as Robert Elwood)
Jackie Elwood ... Bar Patron
Karl Pantfoeder ... Gus
Camper Bregman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Epinette ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Casey Van Maanen ... Passport Dealer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Gunn 
Writing credits
Stephen J. Rivele (screenplay) &
Michael Lachance (screenplay)

Karen Kingsbury (novel)

Produced by
Shelene Bryan .... executive producer
Kerry David .... producer
Al Dickens .... co-executive producer
Katherine Dickens .... co-executive producer
Bobby Downes .... producer
Kevin Downes .... producer
Chad Gundersen .... co-producer
Bill Herren .... co-executive producer
Kathleen Herren .... co-executive producer
Karen Kingsbury .... co-producer
Geoff Ludlow .... executive producer
Colleen McCall .... co-executive producer
Wayne McCall .... co-executive producer
Christopher Morrow .... executive producer
Michael Webber .... co-producer
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Reynaldo Villalobos (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Gunn (uncredited)
Casting by
Amanda Harding 
Beverly Holloway 
Amanda Koblin 
Production Design by
Shawn Carroll 
Set Decoration by
Diana Bregman 
Costume Design by
Stephen M. Chudej 
Makeup Department
Diane Calfee .... key hair stylist
Diane Maurno .... makeup department head
Kaitlin Vidak .... makeup swing
Production Management
Ann Dunsford .... production supervisor (as Ann Ashby Dunsford)
Larry Ferguson Jr. .... post-production supervisor: MainSail Production Services (as Larry Ferguson)
Michael Webber .... post-production supervisor: MainSail Production Services
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kato Jones .... first assistant director
Sloane Lewis .... second second assistant director
J.B. Tyson .... second assistant director (as JB Tyson)
Art Department
Ralph Arden .... set construction contractor
Brad Bryan .... art department coordinator
Marisa Ghiglieri .... artist: keyart
Vanessa Knoll .... assistant property master
Jenny Shields .... set dresser
John E. Thombleson II .... scenic artist (as John Thombleson)
John E. Thombleson II .... set dresser (as John Thombleson)
Casey Van Maanen .... property master
Sound Department
Jeffree Bloomer .... sound mixer
Anthony Cargioli .... boom operator
Craig Clark .... sound supervisor
Michael Farnan .... sound designer
Michael Farnan .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Friedman .... foley artist
Albert Hedgepeth .... utility sound
Ross Millward .... assistant sound editor
Colin Rogers .... adr mixer
Colin Rogers .... foley mixer
Teddy Salas .... sound re-recording mixer
Teddy Salas .... sound supervisor
Allan Schultz .... dialogue supervisor (as Alan Schultz)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Monte Rex Perlin .... stunt coordinator (as Monte Perlin)
Rachel Perlin .... stunt double: Ms. Sorvino
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Adams .... best boy electrician
Carlos Arguello .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael A. Chavez .... camera operator (as Mike Chavez)
Tristan Chavez .... film loader
Jim Gruebel .... grip
Charlie Harrold .... electrician (as Charles Harrold)
Tom Hutchinson .... first assistant camera
Christopher D. Jones .... best boy grip (as Chris Jones)
Mike Kubeisy .... still photographer
Charles Lawson .... grip
Peter Lee .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jacob Lienau .... camera assistant: Dominican Republic
Michael Lienau .... director of photography: Dominican Republic
Thomas Lowry .... key grip (as Thomas 'Popcorn' Lowry)
Dawn Nakamura .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Elizabeth Nicole .... additional still photographer
John Pierce .... gaffer (as John Peirce)
Jeremy Post .... electrician
Jared Rummel .... camera department production assistant
Tony Villalobos .... first assistant camera
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker .... camera operator: additional photography
Casting Department
Sarah Brecht .... casting assistant
Leia Deyhle .... casting assistant
Molly Keck .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donald Dowd .... wardrobe
Judy Johnson .... costume supervisor
Diane Reese .... costumer
Cami Nemanich .... costumer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Editorial Department
James Ahern .... data manager
Brian Beard .... conform artist
Andrea Bottigliero .... assistant editor
Christopher Dusendschon .... imaging supervisor
Adam Hawkey .... colorist
Steve Hernandez .... colorist producer
Jeffrey Lee Hollis .... assistant editor
Richard Jordan .... general manager: IO Film
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer (as Michael Koetter)
Sheila MacMullan .... film restoration artist
Robert Meyer Burnett .... assistant editor (as Robert Burnett)
Kevin Mullican .... chief technical engineer
Jennifer O'Neill .... telecine colorist (as Jennifer O'Neil)
David Pernicano .... telecine artist
Aaron Rottinghaus .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bill Esparza .... musician: saxophone
Carmen Grillo .... musician: guitar
Carmen Grillo .... score engineer
Julia Kent .... musician: cello
Nathan Larson .... score engineer
Max Moston .... musician: violin
Maxim Moston .... violin (as Max Moston)
Sean Parhua .... musician: drums
Seth Rothschild .... music editor
Geoff Sanoff .... score engineer
Robin Swenson .... musician: piano
Roberto Vally .... musician: bass
Steve Stuck .... composer: behind-the-scenes music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Bullard .... driver: camera car
Justin Burger .... transportation captain
Roy Burger .... transportation coordinator
Jerry M. Griffis .... driver
Skip Lewis .... driver
Robert Meadows .... picture cars
Gill Manuel Pena .... driver: Dominican Republic
Melissa Pennick .... driver (as Melissa B. Pennick)
Avey Shrum .... driver
Royale Edward .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Alethea C. Avramis .... assistant: Jon Gunn and Kerry David (as Althea Avramis)
Terry Bagwell .... additional voices
Josephine Batorski .... studio teacher (as Josie Batorski)
Fred Bernstein .... production legal
Jared Boice .... location assistant
Robert Boldt .... chef (as Rob Boldt)
Tate Bradford .... additional voices
Nate Brandsen .... set production assistant
Ariel Bruns .... assistant to producers
Loren Eugene Bryant .... set production assistant (as Loren Bryant)
Jay Burns .... script consultant
Mike Butler .... dance instructor: Ms. Sorvino and Mr. Pepper
Deb Cash .... additional voices
Lisa Cash .... additional voices
Jeffrey Cleary .... production assistant
Patrick Clements .... set medic
James Coats .... boat captain
Deb Cole .... product placement
Christopher J. Corabi .... production legal
Bob Crouse .... groomer
Leonardo Cuesta .... location manager: Dominican Republic (as Leo Cuesta)
Tony De La Cruz Barona .... voice: Haitian Guard
Brennen Downes .... photo double/stand-in: Mr. Cotton
Catherine Downes .... stand-in
Margaret Dunsford .... craft service
Johnny Fuccello .... assistant chef
Rick Gardner .... boat captain
Demille Halliburton .... insurance services: DeWitt Stern of California
Jimmy Hill .... marine coordinator
Seth Himes .... videographer
Glenn Hower .... production accountant
Arlinson La Paix .... security: Dominican Republic
Cristi Lamb .... production assistant
Daryl C. Lefever .... post-production accountant (as Daryl Lefever)
Michael Levy .... account executive: The Post Group
Kevin Matossian .... service provider: Film Solutions
Elizabeth Nicole .... location manager
Joel Nishemine .... assistant to producers
Dorman Pantfoeder .... animal trainer
Kiambu Rabsatt .... set production assistant
Robert Lyon Rasner .... additional voices
Kelwyn Ringering .... videographer assistant
Rocky Seevers .... set production assistant
Steven Shafer .... set medic
Travis Staats .... marine coordinator
Jonathan Terpstra .... set production assistant
Bill Vergis .... animal wrangler: Acting Animals of Hollywood (as Bill Vergiss)
Thomas H. Vidal .... production legal
Nickelis Vincent .... additional voices
Philip Wagner .... assistant to producers
Marvel Wakefield .... script supervisor
Angela Walker .... unit publicist
Glenn Weatherly .... set production assistant
Katrina Westra .... set medic
Andy Wilson .... dialect coach: Mr. Pepper
Darlene Wilson .... dialect coach: Ms. Sorvino
Jose de Pool .... very special thanks
Julio Hazim .... very special thanks
Travis Mendel .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including domestic violence and alcohol abuse
USA:100 min | USA:100 min (theatrical version)
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Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45170)
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An Important Little Film, 30 June 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

LIKE DANDELION DUST is a very small scaled film about a very large subject: adoption and the struggles that at times are associated between birth parents and adoptive parents. Adapted from Karen Kingsbury's popular novel by Stephen J Rivele and Michael Lachance and directed with sensitivity and fine pacing by Jon Gunn, the film succeeds primarily because of the exceptional acting on the part of the acting by Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper.

Blue collar worker Richard 'Rip' Porter (Barry Pepper) is an alcoholic with anger management problems and as the film opens he is arrested for beating his wife Wendy (Mira Sorvino) and imprisoned for seven years. Simultaneously we meet the wealthy Jack Campbell (Cole Hauser) and his wife Molly (Kate Levering) who are playing with their six year old son Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton) and interacting with Molly's sister Beth (Abby Brammell) and husband Bill (Kirk B.R. Woller) who are suggesting that Joey, being adopted, should be brought up in the church: there is conflict as Beth seems to feel Molly isn't caring correctly for Joey since he is adopted!

Rip is released form prison and is clean from his alcoholism and anger management problems and Wendy confesses that when Rip was incarcerated she had been pregnant and because of Rip's problems she put her newborn son up for adoption, having her mother sign for Rip. Rip is shocked with the news and at once wants to get his son back. An adoption agency is consulted in the person of Allyson Bower (L. Scott Caldwell) who is placed between the Porters and the Campbells in making the decision as to where Joey should be. Because of the forged adoption papers Joey is still the child of the Porters and they fight the Campbells for custody. Joey is in the middle and with Allyson's guidance tries to adapt to his birth parents on planned visits while the Campbells try every avenue to retain their beloved Joey. How the game is played includes errors on the parts of both sets of parents but the situation is finally resolved in a very touching manner.

Sorvino and Pepper are brilliant in their roles as the beleaguered Porters. The reason the film works as well as it does is the fact that the good and bad aspects of human behavior on the part of all the characters in the film is balanced. It is a realistic look at what appears on the surface to be polar opposite couples - and in the middle is the very finely tuned performance of little Maxwell Perry Cotton. This is a film that tugs a bit heavily on the heartstrings, but for anyone who has been involved in an adoption problem it will ring true.

Grady Harp

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