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A Brand New Life (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 20 February 1973
After 18 years of marriage, a middle-aged couple has to face the prospect of having their first child.


Sam O'Steen


Peggy Chantler Dick (story), Peggy Chantler Dick (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Cloris Leachman ... Victoria Douglas
Martin Balsam ... Jim Douglas
Marge Redmond ... Eleanor
Gene Nelson ... Harry
Mildred Dunnock ... Mother
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Berger
Karen Philipp ... Sarah White
Lloyd Battista ... Dr. Aruss
Barbara Colby ... Jessica Hiller
Hunter von Leer ... Burt (as Hunter Von Leer)
Amy Robinson Amy Robinson ... Nancy
Elizabeth Hanover Elizabeth Hanover ... Margaret Kalman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcy Carney Marcy Carney ... Judith
Dee Gregory Dee Gregory ... Anne
Dick Kay Hong Dick Kay Hong ... Waiter


A couple in their forties face an unplanned pregnancy after many years of marriage. They long since gave up trying to have children, believing it wasn't possible. While the husband is thrilled, the wife has conflicting feelings. She is happy with their life, has a job she loves and thinks they are too old to be having their first child, but isn't sure that having an abortion is the right decision. The pair receive a lot of advice, some solicited and some not, from friends, family, doctors and even strangers. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una vita tutta nuova See more »

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Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Excellent Story With Great Feeling & Emotion
31 July 2005 | by swa_funSee all my reviews

A 10-star rating goes out to "A Brand New Life," the Emmy Winning, Made-For-TV movie based on the events surrounding a middle-aged couple who discover they will soon have a child.

One cannot watch this film without coming away with a genuine respect for the characters involved. Of course, Cloris Leachman, who won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role," is astounding as the middle-aged mother-to-be. Martin Balsam, who plays her husband, is equally excellent in his role. The sets, story-line and musical arrangements provide interest and feeling for the characters involved.

A nod goes out to Karen Philipp, who received a TV Guide write-up entitled "Expertly Played By Karen Philipp" for her role as "Sarah White." Former vocalist for Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, "A Brand New Life" proves that Karen has more than a way with song. She is an excellent actor as well. The depth with which she handles this role is astounding. "Well done" would hardly describe the supporting role she plays in this wonderful, emotional film.

All in all, "A Brand New Life" leaves you with a feeling that you have lived through this experience with the characters involved -- you literally become lost in the story -- the mark of a well-made film.

From the standpoint of quality, you can't get much better than "A Brand New Life." The story flows, the actors breathe life into the characters portrayed. This is what middle-aged couples experience on learning they are to become parents. The film is so well done, so well directed and moves so quickly, you feel a genuine sense of care and concern for those involved.

Do yourself and favor and check out "A Brand New Life." If anything, you will gain a new respect for the challenges faced by middle-aged people on the verge of parenthood. What's more, you'll feel good for having done so.

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