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Baby M (1988)

Not Rated | | Biography , Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1988
A childless couple enlists the help of a woman to be their surrogate for their first child. What ensues changes their lives and laws of surrogacy.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Marybeth Whitehead
John Shea ... Bill Stern
Bruce Weitz ... Rick Whitehead
Robin Strasser ... Betsy Stern
Anne Jackson ... Lorraine Abraham
Bruce McGill ... Harold Cassidy
Dakin Matthews ... Judge Sorkow
Jenny Lewis ... Tuesday
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Sherri
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sue
Dabney Coleman ... Gary Skoloff
Lonny Chapman
Nancy Addison Nancy Addison ... Joanne
Tricia O'Neil
Ben Slack Ben Slack
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When Bill and Betsy Stern ask MaryBeth Whitehead to bear a surrogate child for them, it seems like a perfect arrangement. But little do they realize that MaryBeth will refuse to surrender her new born daughter. There are no laws governing surrogacy and when MaryBeth goes on the run with the baby, the Stems are forced into a traumatic court case to fight for custody of the daughter they have grown to love so dearly. But even more crucial are the rights of Baby M herself, a child growing up with two names, two homes, a child torn between two loving families. Written by mahajanssen

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It seemed so simple. But it was far from it.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'instinct d'une mère See more »

Filming Locations:

Brick Township, New Jersey, USA See more »

Company Credits

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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JoBeth Williams and John Shea were both great in their roles
25 October 2013 | by dhainline1See all my reviews

I thought the miniseries "Baby M" told the story of the infamous custody case of Melissa Stern very well! JoBeth Williams captured Mary Beth Whitehead's look and flighty behavior extremely well! I also thought John Shea brought a sensitivity and likability to the somewhat boring Bill Stern. I thought all the other actors were wonderful as well! I thought the baby girls who all portrayed Sara/Melissa were all beautiful and took direction extremely well! I do think they should have shown Melissa's grandparents (Mary Beth's parents) going to court in the hopes of seeing their daughter's child. I was also looking for the actor who was going to play Dean Gould, but one never showed up. Despite these criticisms, I think "Baby M" is one the better child custody miniseries on TV.


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