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My Sister's Keeper -- When a family matter leads to Anna Fitzgerald (Breslin) learning the truth about her conception, she enlists the services of a seasoned lawyer (Baldwin) in an effort to emancipate herself from her parents (Diaz and Patric).
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Release Date:
26 June 2009 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Abigail Breslin ... Anna Fitzgerald
Walter Raney ... Pawn Shop Proprietor

Sofia Vassilieva ... Kate Fitzgerald

Cameron Diaz ... Sara Fitzgerald

Heather Wahlquist ... Aunt Kelly

Jason Patric ... Brian Fitzgerald

Evan Ellingson ... Jesse Fitzgerald

Alec Baldwin ... Campbell Alexander

Nicole Marie Lenz ... Gloria (as Nicole Lenz)

Paul Butler ... Jesse age 3 (as Paul Christopher Butler)
Olivia Hancock ... Kate age 2

Jeffrey Markle ... Dr. Wayne

Emily Deschanel ... Dr. Farquad
John DeRosa ... EMT (as John De Rosa)

Marcos A. Ferraez ... EMT (as Marcos De La Cruz)

Noni Tulk-Perna ... Ellen

Matthew Barry ... Uncle Tommy (as Matt Barry)

Annie Wood ... Uncle Tommy's Wife

Mark Johnson ... Uncle Pervis (as Mark M. Johnson)

Chris Kinkade ... Dr. Nguyen

David Thornton ... Dr. Chance

Elizabeth Daily ... Nurse Susan (as E.G. Daily)

Rico Simonini ... Process Server

Frank Cassavetes ... Gus

David Bortolucci ... Harry
Olivia Jade Fine ... Anna Age 6
Andrew Schaff ... Nurse Stephen

Brennan Bailey ... Jesse Age 10
Andrew Shack ... Lawyer for Previous Case

Angel Garcia ... Gangbanger's Mom

Joan Cusack ... Judge De Salvo
Frank Peluso ... Bailiff #2

Daniel Guzman ... Gangbanger's Lawyer
Paul Olguin ... Gangbanger (as Paul Anthony Olguin)

Rick Salomon ... Bailiff Bert (as Big Al)

Mimi Fletcher ... De Salvo's Secretary

Lin Shaye ... Nurse Adele
Eric Cueto ... Street Hustler
Lexi Kiana Ryan ... Street Hustler (as Lexi Ryan)
Nina Barry ... Miss Swearingen

Thomas Dekker ... Taylor Ambrose

Ellia English ... Nurse Alice

Mary Jo Deschanel ... Saleswoman
Jonah Johnson ... Lead Prom Singer

Rob Giles ... Prom Guitarist
Kaiulani Kimbrell ... Backup Prom Singer
Dylan Showalter ... Prom Bass Player
Jarred Tibbetts ... Prom Drummer
Precious Hanley ... Mandy
Michael Chow ... Dr. Chow
Jonathan Moonves ... Percy Smith, Esquire (as Jon Moonves)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Abernathy ... Upscale Businessman (uncredited)

Roy Allen III ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Charan Andreas ... Transvestite (uncredited)
Lynn Clayton ... The Dancer (uncredited)

Paul Edney ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)

Lubella Gauna ... Nurse (uncredited)
Tommy Gerrits ... Nephew of Andromeda Anna Fitzgeraid (uncredited)

Gilley Grey ... EMT #3 (uncredited)

Keith Kraft ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Nicole Nelson ... Family Member (uncredited)
Sara Peña ... Friend at School (uncredited)

Ryan Preimesberger ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Retson Ross ... School Classmate (uncredited)

Kaleti Williams ... Bouncer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nick Cassavetes 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jeremy Leven (screenplay) and
Nick Cassavetes (screenplay)

Jodi Picoult (novel)

Produced by
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Merideth Finn .... executive producer
Griff Furst .... producer: Curmudgeon Films
Stephen Furst .... executive producer
Scott Goldman .... producer (as Scott L. Goldman)
Mark Johnson .... producer
Mark Kaufman .... executive producer
Chuck Pacheco .... producer
Diana Pokorny .... executive producer
Steven Posen .... co-producer
Hillary Sherman .... co-producer
Nicole C. Taylor .... associate producer
Mendel Tropper .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
 
Cinematography by
Caleb Deschanel (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Flynn 
Alan Heim 
 
Casting by
Matthew Barry 
Nancy Green-Keyes 
 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Fredriksz .... makeup artist: Cameron Diaz
Erin Hicks .... key hair stylist: new york
Suzanne Kontonickas .... department head hair stylist: Montana secont unit
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... makeup department head (as Eryn Krueger)
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker: Sofia Vassileva
Kelley Mitchell .... makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... hair department head
Tena Parker .... assistant head hair stylist (as Tena Parker-Baker)
Laurie Smith .... contact lens technician
Amy Spiegel .... key makeup artist: New York
Whitney Taylor .... key makeup artist
Christien Tinsley .... special effects makeup
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist
Lona Vigi .... hair stylist: Cameron Diaz
Jay Wejebe .... key makeup artist
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects crew: Tinsley Transfers inc.
Susan Zietlow-Maust .... key hair stylist
Judy Staats .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Erik Holmberg .... executive in charge of production
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Michelle Morrissey .... production manager
Diana Pokorny .... unit production manager
Rick Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rich Ceraulo .... segment director
Bac DeLorme .... key second assistant director
Peter Dress .... second assistant director: Montana
Kathleen E. Kearney .... second assistant director: New York
Jonathan McGarry .... first assistant director
Taylor Phillips .... second second assistant director
Paul Schmitz .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Claudia Bonfe .... set dressing buyer
Jason T. Clark .... art department assistant
David Corral .... greensman
James M. Davis .... general forman
Maureen Farley .... property master
Gregory P. Fuller .... toolman
John P. Goldsmith .... assistant art director
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... key props/set dressing: New York b-unit
Greg Knapp .... construction medic
Kim Larsen-Santini .... props
David R. Lawson .... construction medic
Ronnie Lombard .... greensman
Larry Misselhorn .... head greensman
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Charlotte Raybourn .... art department coordinator
Graham Robertson .... set dresser
Scott Schutzki .... set dresser
Mark Sparks .... propmaker foreman
Richard Blake Wester .... set dressing gang boss
Corinne Wedlake .... art department intern (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Steve Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor
Dominique Decaudain .... foley artist (as Dominique Tadach)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Eric Flickinger .... digital sound mix technician
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
David Jobe .... foley artist
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Elizabeth Kenton .... adr editor
Scott La Rue .... boom operator
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Nancy MacLeod .... sound editor
Mark Messick .... sound effects editor
Jason Oliver .... adr recordist
Aynee Osborn .... dialogue editor
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Gary Thomas .... boom operator
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Frank Verderosa .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Charles Cooley .... special effects technician
Robert Garrigus .... pyrotechnician
Tom Seymour .... special effects technician
Sandra Stewart .... special effects technician
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Daphne Apellanes-Ackerson .... compositor: Matte World Digital
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Heather Dennis .... titles coordinator
Garrett Fry .... digital matte painter
Jaymie Lam .... compositor: Matte World Digital
Josh Mossotti .... visual effects artist
Michael S. Pryor .... visual effects producer: Laser Pacific
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects
Jason Wilson .... visual effects artist
Michael Honrada .... roto artist: Matte World Digital (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunt coordinator
Dan Brown .... stunts
Cody Gill .... stunt performer
Sean Graham .... stunts
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt performer
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger
Russell Solberg .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer
James Barrett .... rigging gaffer
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Michael S. Beckman .... lighting technician
Salim Benshir .... electrician
Erik Bernstein .... best boy electric
Lauren Blair .... rigging electrician (as Lauren Fitton)
Brad Boyer .... best boy grip
Robin Bursey .... film loader
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer
Chad Cohlmia .... electrician
David C. Darrow .... grip
Collin Davis .... camera operator: second unit
Jerry C. Deats .... key grip
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nathan Dean Fetzer .... electrician
Brandon Flohr .... grip
Matt Floyd .... rigging grip
J.P. Gabriel .... gaffer: Montana
James Gembala .... rigging electrician
Christopher Glasgow .... dolly grip
Timothy Hale .... grip
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer
Gembala James .... rigging electrician
Lee Jordan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jacques Jouffret .... Steadicam operator
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator
Beau Lambert .... lighting technician
Michael L. Lewin .... rigging grip
Kim Marks .... camera operator: "a" camera
Pat O'Mara .... grip
Dustin Penrod .... set lighting technician
Scott Andrew Ressler .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ron Santoyo .... grip
Giorgio Scali .... director of photography: second unit
Jay Sheveck .... libra technician
Sean Smith .... lighting technician
Tommy Tieche .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Diana Ulzheimer .... camera intern
Michael Woodside .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Judy Cook .... casting associate
Tracy Dixon .... extras casting
David Kramer .... extras casting
Ryan Preimesberger .... casting intern
David Zahedian .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yulia Gershenzon .... costumer: Cameron Diaz
Alyssa Kim .... set costumer
Jason M. Moore .... set costumer
Katie Saunders .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Day Young .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Nic Angell .... digital intermediate producer
Mike Brosius .... digital intermediate producer
Bruce Goodman .... colorist
Kevin Lefler .... first assistant editor
Monika Lind .... post-production assistant
Jim Passon .... color timer
Katie Pastore .... post-production coordinator
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Paul S. Henning .... musician: violin
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Emily C. Kwong .... assistant music editor (as Emily H. Cummins)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Angie Rubin .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Erin Scully .... music executive
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer: additional score mixer
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer
 
Transportation Department
Myleen Chapin .... transportation office coordinator
Michael Coady .... transportation co-captain
Christopher DiMarco .... transportation
Timothy 'Toes' Erwin .... transportation coordinator
Timothy Flynn .... driver
Robert Gaskill .... driver
Richard Lengel .... driver
Brett Miller .... transportation captain
Jim Oge Jr. .... driver
Mike Painter .... transportation
Jesse Parton .... driver
Frank Porras .... transportation co-captain
Brian Steagall .... transportation
Allen Strockbine .... driver: production van
Tom Thompson .... driver
Jon White .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... unit publicist
Ahmet Ahmet .... head titles designer
Spencer Andrews .... stand in: Thomas Dekker (as Spencer Jambor)
Spencer Andrews .... stand-in: Evan Ellingson (as Spencer Jambor)
John Ansotegui .... liaison: second unit
Laura Bagano .... key craft service
Lori A. Balton .... location scout
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Patrick Bentley .... assistant: Abigail Breslin
Ben Betts .... video/computer playback operator
Michael Betz .... key assistant location manager: second unit
Kandice Billingsley .... key assistant location manager
Josh Burns .... key assistant location manager
Catherine Burt .... assistant: Cameron Diaz
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher: Abigail Breslin
Mark Ceryak .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
David Chiu .... production assistant
Brian Clark .... rigging medic
Stephen Clarke .... set production assistant
Paddy Connor .... production assistant
Stephenson Crossley .... key assistant location manager
Alissa Dean .... segment producer
Terry Edinger .... production accountant
Louis Farah Jr. .... medic
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher
Mark A. Freid .... key assistant location manager
Kevin Funston .... location scout
Jeremy Gilbreath .... production assistant
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Casey Green .... video/computer playback operator
Ali Griffith .... assistant production coordinator: additional
Thomas L. Gunderson .... animal trainer (as Thomas Gunderson)
Lindsay Heller .... production assistant
Courtney Hess .... production assistant
Jason Huberman .... post-production accountant
Meredith Humbracht .... production coordinator
Grant Kirkpatrick .... production assistant
David R. Lawson .... medic
Alex Lee .... additional production assistant
Cary Sato Lee .... craft service
Teresa Jolene Lee .... set production assistant
Hiromi Marder .... payroll accountant
Thomas Markoff .... journal production assistant
Marybeth Martin-Eck .... first assistant accountant
Kim Meredith .... nurse advisor
Cristie Miele .... animal trainer
Keri Moorhouse .... assistant production coordinator
Keri Moorhouse .... assistant: Jason Patric
Rusty Nye .... assistant: Sofia Vassilieva
Carrie A. Oyer .... assistant production coordinator: travel
Frank Peluso .... assistant: Mr. Cassavetes
Vicky Pezza .... additional set production assistant
Amanda J. Powderly .... accounting clerk
Mark Romanelli .... key set production assistant
Brandon Schiffman .... set production assistant
Shawn Schminke .... office production assistant
Romy Schneider .... contract administrator
Craig Schoenfeld .... studio teacher
Rony Shino .... key assistant location manager
Kerri Smeltzer .... assistant: Mr. Pokorny
Kerri Smeltzer .... production coordinator: additional photography
K.D. Smith .... production accounting
Gene Starzenski .... medic
Joe Steele .... production resources
Julian Tyler .... production assistant
Jamie Vermilye .... location assistant
Kristan Wagner .... location manager
Madison R. Wells .... stand-in: Cameron Diaz
Jen Willis .... production assistant
Lucy Winn .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Mike Doto .... production manager: titles (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking
Runtime:
109 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sofia Vassilieva shaved her hair and eyebrows off in order to play Kate Fitzgerald. She described it as being the least she could do to understand Kate's pain. Because she was filming both this movie and the TV show "Medium" (2005), her hair was turned into a wig for her.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Just after the court case the lawyer drives to the family's home, yet he had just had an epileptic seizure and was known to have regular seizures - hence the dog. In California, and most of USA, your epilepsy must be controlled for at least 3 months before you are allowed to drive.See more »
Quotes:
Kate Fitzgerald:Do I look pretty daddy?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Find My Way Back HomeSee more »

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Is "My Sister's Keeper" based on a book?
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88 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
We make choices in life every day, and you should make a choice and see this movie, 24 June 2009
Author: Douglas Young (the-movie-guy) from Memphis, Tennessee

(Synopsis) Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian Fitzgerald (Jason Patric) have just been informed that their young daughter Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) has leukemia, and that she only has a few years to live. The doctor suggests to the parents that they try an unorthodox medical procedure of producing another child in a test-tube that would be a perfect match as a donor for Kate. Sara will try anything to save Kate, and they have a new baby Anna (Abigail Breslin) to be used as a donor for Kate. The first thing they use is blood from the umbilical cord for Kate. As years go on, the doctors must take bone marrow from Anna to give to Kate. At age 11, the next thing Anna must give to her sister is a kidney. Anna has had enough of all of these medical procedures, and she decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation and the right to decide how her body will be used. The whole family is being torn apart by Anna's decision because everyone knows what will happen to Kate if she doesn't get a new kidney.

(My Comment) Everyone knows from the movie trailer that the story is about a young girl who has cancer. You would think that it would be a depressing movie, but you would be wrong. It is a story of some of the choices we make in life. Having a test-tube baby as body parts for another child was a choice made by the parents. Anna wanting to stop giving her body to her sister was a choice. As with all choices, there are consequences. Kate will die without a new kidney. There are many very hard choices in life and in death that we must make, and this is a good movie to show you the way. Diaz as the pragmatic lawyer who was fighting to the very end for her daughter lost focus on life, and the rest of her family. I believe that this is Diaz's best part and performance as an actress. Sofia Vassilieva played Kate, who was in pain for most of her life. Sofia played Kate so well that you could see the helplessness in her eyes as she fights for her life. Anna was also part of this pain, and Abigail Breslin played this part as a professional. Actually, the whole cast was outstanding throughout the film. I loved the collaged scrapbook with voice-over and flashbacks that Kate made to give to her mother. This is a good movie to see with your loved ones. (New Line Cinema, Run Time 1:49, Rated PG-13) (10/10)

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Brian is amazing.... connie-dennis-906-547537
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