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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 June 2009 (USA)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

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In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking | See all certifications »

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La decisión más difícil  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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£922,947 (UK) (26 June 2009)

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$49,185,998 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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Real-life sisters Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning were originally set to play Anna and Kate Fitzgerald, but bowed out after Dakota Fanning reportedly refused to shave her head, as required for the part. See more »

Goofs

At about 29 minutes into the movie, when they first show Joan Cusack's character, Judge De Salvo, on the bench, the name plate shows her name as "Joan De Salvo," with a space between the De and Salvo. As Alec Baldwin is walking toward the lawyers table, there is a quick flash of the name plate, where you can see that there is no space between the De and the Salvo in her name. The next time the name plate is shown, the space is back. The next time it is shown, right after she says, "You're going to jail,", it says "Joan Desalvo," and the space is again missing. When it is shown again, it is back to "De Salvo." See more »

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Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald: When I was a kid, my mother told me that I was a little piece of blue sky that came into this world because she and Dad loved me so much. It was only later that I realized that it wasn't exactly true. Most babies are coincidences. I mean, up in space you've got all these souls flying around looking for bodies to live in. Then, down here on Earth, two people have sex or whatever, and bam, coincidence. Sure, you hear all these stories about how everyone plans these perfect families. ...
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Referenced in Zeke and Luther: Not My Sister's Keeper (2009) See more »

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Written and Performed by Regina Spektor
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By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Heroic, Realistic, and truly inspiring.
29 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm currently in the middle of a battle in witch my aunt just finished fighting and beating cancer for the third time but I'm not here to discuss that... I'm here to explain how this movie is compelling, realistic, and above all moving.

This movie shows the struggles and sacrifices many families come across during battles involving not only cancer but also all diseases. It shows the drama, love, fighting, and encouragement that all people face in battles but it also shows that most of the time it isn't happy or encouraging to go on fighting but instead a painful road to ride on.

This movie helped me rekindle a little faith I lost over the last few years, and to prove that this movie is for everyone, I'm an 18 year old male Canadian Solder so if anyone says guys can't watch this movie their wrong because this movie speaks to everyone.

Trust me... This movie is a story of Heroes, and I'll never forget it.


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